Dear Governor Bentley,
I do not understand how you, as a doctor, can allow this state to opt out of expanding Medicaid. Did you not take an oath to first, do no harm? Opting out of a Medicaid expansion does significant harm.
My parents are disabled. They receive Social Security Disability payments. These payments cause them to be $14 over the State of Alabama’s income limit for an Elderly and Disabled Income Waiver. Their payment total keeps them from qualifying for any assistance for their medical bills for 2014. Because they are disabled, they have more medical bills than the average citizen their age. My mother has diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney failure; both of my parents have psychiatric problems. These are not cheap problems to have. Their medical bills will cost them more money than they receive from Social Security.
The Obamacare Medicaid Expansion would not cost this state. In fact, a study done by the University of Alabama in Birmingham said that it would generate $20 billion in economic activity for the state, as well as add $1.7 billion in tax revenue for the next six years. It would help save so many lives. I don’t understand how you, as a doctor, as a good Christian man, can stand-by and let people go without necessary health care.
Please, reconsider your opposition to Obamacare. Think about all of the children out there whose parents deserve this assistance. Give your citizens the gift of hope and life by changing your mind on this very, very important piece of legislation. Show people of this state and of this nation that you are willing to lead people to a healthier, safer life, instead of toward death and danger. Your legacy could be so much greater than it already is if you would just change your mind.