To the editor:
Major Florida corporations view the return of $5.1 billion federal tax dollars to Florida annually for the next 10 years as beneficial to their business and the state economy - Walt Disney World, Lockheed Martin, FPL, Publix and many other large, medium and small corporations. Major insurance companies like BC/BS support the return of these dollars. Major health care organizations like Lee Memorial Health Systems support the return of these dollars as vital to their future. This $51 billion is money entering the federal tax system, through fees and charges already in place, at no additional charge to Florida citizens. These dollars come from the Medicaid Expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCares). 25 states have accepted the federal dollars so far and their neediest citizens.
The United States has the most expensive health care system in the world accounting for almost 20 percent of our GNP, compared with the system in place for England, Canada and Australia which accounts for 9 percent of GNP. Yet our medical outcomes still rank 37 in the world including those for perinatal and maternal.
By accepting Medicaid Expansion medical cost would be lowered for the rest of us. Almost 30 percent of Lee County citizens do not have health insurance. They do not get free visits to the Emergency room, You and I pay for it through hidden taxes on our health insurance and medical bills.
Major religious leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI, have urged the nations of the world to provide health care as a basic human right.
Medicaid Expansion would cause an improving employment scenario as more health care workers at every level will be needed according to many professionals. So who could possibly be against Medicaid Expansion? Dane Eagle, Matt Caldwell, Ray Rodrigues, Heather Fitzenhagen and the rest of the republican dominated Florida legislature. They all voted to turn down the $51 billion boom to Florida's economy.
Who do they represent? Or have they just succumbed to the policy by person greed that seems to have become the norm for the current administration in Tallahassee?
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. (Robert Kennedy)