When you don’t have your health, you aren’t free.
Nobel Prize winning economist, Paul Krugman writes that conservative elites must disdain people struggling in the heartland and across Appalachia whose votes they depend on. Otherwise, they wouldn’t keep trying to take away our health care.
“In 2017, the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans tried to pass a budget that would have imposed savage cuts on Medicaid and other safety net programs,” Krugman says.
He makes the case that Trump’s empty promises to bring back coal and manufacturing jobs were largely fantasies spun to get votes from people in struggling rural communities.
Krugman notes: “I always think about West Virginia, where Medicaid covers almost a third of the non-elderly population. And it’s not just about receiving care, it’s also about jobs. More than 16 percent of West Virginians are employed in health care and social assistance, compared with less than 3 percent in mining. Hospitals are the biggest employers in many parts of rural America. What do you think will happen to those jobs if Medicaid is hollowed out?”
Our Republican Congressional delegation and our own Secretary of State, Patrick Morrisey, has been attacking our healthcare system for years. They do it through budget cuts, legislation that would end coverage for pre-existing conditions, and lawsuits to undermine or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Do they think we’re stupid?
When someone is trying to take your healthcare coverage away, they are trying to take away your freedom to live a healthy life. We need to keep WV free and fight back against anyone trying to take away our health care.
They may be wealthy enough to pay for their own health insurance, but most of us can’t afford it without help from our workplace, ACA subsidies, Medicaid, or Medicare.
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