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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

In a July 23 op-ed to The Daily Reflector, Rep. Chris Humphrey wrote “I’m ready to talk about health care, but let’s get this budget passed first. It is too important to wait any longer.”

The cost we should be concerned about is lives. This budget serves mostly the top 20 percent, not children whose quality of life is compromised by lip service to education and health care, and not people dying every day.

He laments that “our education system... fall[s] behind” but neglects the call for Medicaid expansion as one of five reasonable NCAE demands not met. How many lives could we save with health care access?

No one should have to ration insulin or discontinue cancer treatments they can’t afford. We don’t have to choose between funding vital projects or expanding Medicaid. Humphrey focuses on false choice instead of real opportunity to revise unwise corporate tax policies. We can afford to improve communities AND save lives.

Yes, Rep. Humphrey, lives are much too important. Stop pretending health care is “a completely separate issue” from any affecting people you purport to serve. Talk is hollow without action. Stop “talking” about health care, and do something. We’ve waited too long already.

Chris MH Moore

Greenville

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