Last week, dozens of nurses marched to the capitol building in Harrisburg to call on Gov. Corbett and the state legislature to expand Medicaid eligibility. The Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would cover an estimated 600,000 Pennsylvanians.
Cathy Stoddart, a nurse at Allegheny General in Pittsburgh, made the case yesterday for the importance of expanded access to Medicaid in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, noting that,
"Basic health care coverage, and the preventive care that comes with it, costs less than episodic emergency room care. This is a commonsense way to provide high-quality health care for very low-income and vulnerable citizens -- instead of continuing to pass the cost of their care onto the middle class, hospitals and health care providers.
[...] Without empathy and basic understanding ... we end up with sweeping policy proposals that would gut necessary programs [for the working poor of our state] while perpetuating harmful stereotypes about those who consider themselves "entitled."
The truth about Medicaid is that many of our children, our elderly parents and our friends and neighbors count on it to get the care they need."
Both Medicaid and Medicare are under attack by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. See exactly what's at stake when it comes to the healthcare of working families this election (PDF).
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