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November 25, 2013

Letter: Morse must answer for Medicaid position

To the editor:

What is New Hampshire state Sen. Chuck Morse going to say to the over 50,000 people -- a percentage of whom are probably his own constituents -- when he and his Senate Republicans have now denied them health care through the Medicaid expansion program starting Jan. 1, 2014?

These are the working poor who are working two and three part-time jobs making minimum wage to support their families here in New Hampshire, but unable to afford the high cost of health insurance. Feeling a lump, ill or hurt themselves, they will turn to the emergency room, where we the citizens of New Hampshire end up paying for these services through our tax dollars.

Not even our own New Hampshire insurance commissioner or the director of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services felt Morse’s compromise plan was a viable one that would benefit our state’s families in this situation of being unable to get health insurance through their employers because they work under 30 hours.

I only hope these 50,000 people remember this at the next election. As our great President John F. Kennedy said: “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.”

Jane Lang

Salem

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