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W.Va. to expand Medicaid, cover 92K uninsured

May 3, 2013

CHARLESTON — Medicaid is expanding in West Virginia. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was joined Thursday by U.S. Sen. Rockefeller, D-W.Va....

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north26103

May-03-13 1:21 AM

everyone deserves health care

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denver

May-03-13 4:54 AM

Thank you Governor Tomblin, for finally doing something right.

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Heather89

May-03-13 6:13 AM

It is a sad sad day when someone in Our state talks against the people of WV having access to ANY type of health coverage. A lot of these people are hard working tax payers that help fund the system for the ones who refuse to work and pump out kids just to get medicaid and SNAP. I really hope all of the republicans in this state remember when it comes time to vote that Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas talked against the people of His state having health care coverage they could afford.

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fedupwiththesetup

May-03-13 7:18 AM

I want this coverage, I'm tired of paying 2000 dollars a year for crappy group coverage through my employer. Where do I sign up ???

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 7:26 AM

betcha all the people disagreeing with covering those unfortunate with some sort of healthcare are "good followers of Jesus' teachings and the Bible"..... or they just pick and choose what to support/believe in based on Pastor Limbaugh and politics.

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Orchardfarmer

May-03-13 7:59 AM

Everyone deserves food -- and they provided foodstamps. Everyone deserves a retirement - and they provided social security. Everyone deserves basic medical care when old- and they provided medicare. Everyone deserves a home - and they provided section 8 housing. Everyone deserves a phone - and they provided free cell phones. Everyone deserves --- but who works and pays for those "deserves"

$5 billion doesn't come from "the government". It comes from us.

What is next? Free cable? Free Mountaineer football tickets? Free cars?

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fedupwiththesetup

May-03-13 8:15 AM

@ orchard, my best guess as to what is next is, gasoline stamps. Similar to the food stamp program, it will provide fuel to the unfortunates..

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jarhead99

May-03-13 8:22 AM

Well said Orchard. I have worked since I was 16. I didnt always have the most desireable jobs but I worked my way up and built my resume. The key word is WORK! We have so many people that for some reason have sense of entitlement. They get on the systems and get the free stuff coming in, why would they want to get a job or an education to change that? There needs to be reform!!

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 8:37 AM

you clueless people must believe money/food stamps buys happiness in life? it is like you think those that live off the gov live the good life? my, my how wrong you are.

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 8:42 AM

and jarhead - yes, i understand that some people are pure lazy and will not work. there are those that cannot work.

what you are strikingly missing is the fact that a lot of people receiving some form of assistance from the gov actually DO work. they might earn the minimum wage - and depending on where one lives, it does not provide for a 'living wage'. so, are those people lazy also? do they keep you up at night?

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bboyles

May-03-13 9:19 AM

When the feds stop the funding for the expansion in 3 years, the state will either stop the program or go bankrupt continuing it. That's what the feds do. Provide funding to "expand" or start a program for 3 years and then it's up to states to provide all the funding after that. Obamacare is a job killer and suppressor! You'll have healthcare but no job.

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marvin

May-03-13 9:28 AM

orchard farmer- I paid social security since 1955 , I payed medi care long before I could draw it,never drawed a nickel I did't pay into .Don't try to make people who payed there share feel like you are giving us a -amn thing.How much farm subsidy is payed to orchard farmers that don't have a tree?

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 9:30 AM

nice BS, boyles - obamacare is only a killer to the insurance industry's massive profits and their CEOs' fourth home. i am sure you can relate.

but good try using scare tactics!

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AaronS

May-03-13 9:34 AM

I don't know how anyone deserves a service from someone else but I do see how it is our best interest to aid those who need healthcare in getting it. I just wish the ACA actually did something to reduce the cost of health care instead of simply subsidizing it. Adding 120,000 individuals to our health care system will add $1.4 billion to our national deficit and will eventually add $400 million to our state deficit at current levels.

The problem is, since most doctors won’t accept new Medicaid patients, the majority will run to ER’s and urgent care centers for everything from a common cold to a work excuse so in reality, the dollars added to taxpayers will likely be 2-3 times the stated amounts above.

What Medicaid should do is limit this health care to preventative measures and for catastrophic care only but that’s not going to happen so what we are seeing is the beginning of the largest tax increase in American history.

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slingblade

May-03-13 10:03 AM

AWESOME...thanks big brother! This in addition to HUD housing and a food stamp card, I really do not have to do anything to contribute to society...this is the best day ever!

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slingblade

May-03-13 10:09 AM

I have no problem helping somebody who is down on their luck, I do have a problem with people who are able to work, but choose not to, receiving assitance. These programs are good, but there needs to be some type of exit strategy to go along with it, they should be there to help people get back on their feet and become self reliant. I feel based on human nature of alot of people just wanting to pick the low hanging fruit, these blank check programs end up crippling society more than helping...really young or old, and the disabled I have no problem with, but if your an adult of working age, you should be actively trying to figure out something you can tolerate doing that provides for your own basic needs.

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DisturbedAgain

May-03-13 10:43 AM

This is a farce. While I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to have health care, this is utterly incompetent of the American government to attempt to enforce. The reason the governor and his buddies support it is for political and financial reasons. Don't believe the hype being pushed to "sell" Obamacare on everyone. If you actually believe that everyone will be covered, I have a beachfront condo's I will sell you for $1.

Read the language of the bill. The government will only fund for a designated time period and then you are back to square one. Hospitals and doctors are not required to provide the typical care given, they will only be mandated to give "adequate" care. Do you actually believe you will be treated correctly with "adequate" care?

Stop believing this stupid insurance hype and educate yourself. If you want healthcare, do something about it yourself.

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 11:01 AM

@disturbed - apparently you do not live in the real world.

you say: "If you want healthcare, do something about it yourself"

yeah... maybe you are not aware that health insurance corporations will deny people with certain conditions (i could go on to give you examples but i hope you receive the point). health insurance is in the business of making money, and not obligated to care for the greater good. thus, government has to step in.

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 11:05 AM

and to the people who cringe at the word or concept of 'government'... it is necessary to fill in the gaps and inefficiencies found in society. you think corporations and the dominating world of wall street cares about us citizens?? riiiight.

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KeninVa

May-03-13 11:46 AM

Noble cause. Poorly executed.

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Phoenix

May-03-13 11:55 AM

The only things people "deserve" are to be born & to die. Everything else they need to work for. It is not everyone else's responsibility to subsidize the bad decisions and lack of personal responsibility of these lazy, entitled slugs. They should be allowed to go extinct through natural selection. They should be ashamed that welfare and SNAP are all they ever aspired to. Total wastes of oxygen!

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Phoenix

May-03-13 11:55 AM

The only things people "deserve" are to be born & to die. Everything else they need to work for. It is not everyone else's responsibility to subsidize the bad decisions and lack of personal responsibility of these lazy, entitled slugs. They should be allowed to go extinct through natural selection. They should be ashamed that welfare and SNAP are all they ever aspired to. Total wastes of oxygen!

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Phoenix

May-03-13 11:55 AM

The only things people "deserve" are to be born & to die. Everything else they need to work for. It is not everyone else's responsibility to subsidize the bad decisions and lack of personal responsibility of these lazy, entitled slugs. They should be allowed to go extinct through natural selection. They should be ashamed that welfare and SNAP are all they ever aspired to. Total wastes of oxygen!

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pkrsbrgh

May-03-13 12:15 PM

@phoenix - do you believe that people have the right to be born free or do you desire a possible slave-owning society?

i mean... thank god the south lost the war ;)

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slingblade

May-03-13 2:46 PM

@pkrsbrgh: define free? The government making decisions and providing for us "in our best interest" is not a definition of free in my book. Open up insurace across state lines and let the free market business model work itself out via competition.

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