I can't believe how narrowly focused your recent editorial on Medicaid was ("The value of Medicaid," Jan. 5).
Every time we hear about much-needed programs it is people like me that pay for them. In one sentence they say they're helping middle class and in the next breath they're talking about expanding programs that I pay for in increased taxes.
Why is there such a disconnect? I believe people need help, but why am I always the one who ends up footing the bill?
Whatever happened to the idea of bettering oneself so you can move from public assistance onto the taxpaying rolls? This is why I like to support my church because there we can see how we affect people and help them improve their lives through support and mentoring.
Look at the Maryland health site. It has been malfunctioning since it opened, but for the past four weeks it has been dumping everyone into the support system regardless of income.
Last night we built a new application for a person who earns $110,000 a year and the system wanted to put them on Medicaid. Then today we try to call up to get it resolved and find out there are 42 people ahead of us and a wait time of more than an hour. No matter how much we seem to complain, the "Big Brother" over us fails to respond
The reason Medicaid enrollments are up is because many people who have enrolled will not pass the first audit because they should not be there. It is going to be quite a mess to straighten out.
David F. Michaels, Forest Hill
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