Dear Ms. Lehman, your initiative to purchase supplemental health insurance to your Medicare is commendable. In your letter, you describe how you applied for Medicaid to make up the 20 percent not covered by Medicare, but were rejected because you earned $10 too much. Obamacare will expand Medicaid to cover people who don’t qualify now, and will almost certainly cover you if you choose to apply again once it comes into effect in 2014. But then, you want the government to “keep its nose out of the business of private citizens,” so you probably don’t want it. And what are you going to do about your Medicare? You must know that Medicare is yet another government program: It’s government assistance to seniors who have made our society, and who don’t deserve to be left medically insecure as they age. Someone like you.
By the way, Medicaid is also intended for someone like you: If you only earned $10 too much to qualify, you’re probably a senior living on a fixed income that makes $170 for supplemental insurance a hardship, and it’s a shame that you have to do that. Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion comes in the form of funding provided to states, and some state governors have already declared that they will Login to read more