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Beverly Ann from CA: Medicaid is meaningful to me because families affected by the 2008 and 2009 recession have been impacted by the U.S. economy and need the support to continue with quality and meaningful health dental support in the preventive healthcare of human beings...Life is important and should not be discriminate; especially, those with disabilities, children, and the elderly.

Mirta from OR: I'm a 33 year old single mother with two young children to take care of. It would be impossible for me to cover my children's medical expenses with my own salary, even when I have had two jobs at a time. Having the Medicaid at least to cover for my eldest’s Asthma medication has been a real blessing. No such luck with my youngest, since he suffers from severe allergies and medical doesn't cover it, I have to pay around $50 dollars out of pocket monthly. I have had to deal with it by sacrificing other things in my family's life. I wish that our leaders could find the way to keep and improve Medicaid services that otherwise it would be impossible for people like me to afford. Soy una madre soltera de 33 años con dos hijos bajo mi cuidado. Me sería imposible el poder cubrir los gastos médicos de mis hijos con mi salario mensual, aún cuando he tenido dos trabajos al mismo tiempo. El tener el seguro médico de Oregon, por lo menos para los medicamentos de mi hijo mayor quien tiene asma, ha sido una verdadera bendición. Desgraciadamente mi hijo menor no corre con la misma suerte, pues el sufre de alergias severas y el seguro médico no cubre sus medicinas, yo misma he tenido que pagar alrededor de $50 mensuales. Como familia hemos tenido que sacrificar algunas otras cosas para lograr que mi hijo tenga sus medicinas. Deseo que nuestros líderes encuentren la manera de retener y mejorar los servicios de Medicaid que de otra manera sería imposible de cubrir para personas como yo. Thank you NCLR for all your efforts.

Lana from CA: Our family experienced extreme financial duress when I was pregnant with our 2nd and youngest son. Suddenly, there were very few calls requesting landscaping from our small family business. If it wasn't for Medicaid (MediCal), I don't know how we would have survived those hard times. Medicaid paid for the Obstetrician visits, the delivery and aftercare, all together for nearly a year, until we could get back on our feet again financially. We are forever grateful! Medicaid is vital for Americans.

Lawrence from MN: I am just now getting into the world of retirement and I am sure that I would like to be part of Medicaid as I grow older. And so I am grateful to you who carry the banner in the name of the elderly and retired folks in this country. Thanks for all you do. Let us know what we might do to joint in the struggle to keep programs like Medicaid available for those who most need them.

Kevin from TN: The poor matter and it does circulate some limited wealth. It does not support me but many that I know.

Ulises from TX: Medicaid is important to me, because without it, my mother would not be able to get the medical help she needs. She already knows what it feels to have it, then not to have it. For the past two years, due to oversight of local staff, she was told she did not qualify, even though she had been granted Medicaid by the federal government. She found out she had it all this time when visited another agency.

Linda from MI: It means that my profoundly retarded sister has access to healthcare!

Juan José from WA: Mi madre recibe este servicio y sería una gran tragedia al ver recortes o intentos de privatizar estos servicios fundamentales para nuestras familias. Yo algún día y no muy lejano tendrá acceso a este servicio y espero que no lo molesten por tratar de hacer más ricos a los que ya son absolutamente riquísimos. Este verdaderamente es un ataque a aquellos de la población trabajadora que es más vulnerable.

Deborah from IN: Without Medicaid, I wouldn't be able to take care of my elderly parents.

John from ME: While I myself and my wife qualify for Medicare, the broader health and security of our community depend on Medicaid's being available to those younger and/or less fortunate than we. Broadly speaking, no community is healthier than its most vulnerable member, and I wish to live in a healthy community.

Susan from NY: I have several family members who have very limited incomes and without Medicaid would not be able to afford a doctor visit, let alone the medication prescribed. I know of others who have had to do without life saving medications due to a wait period or lag in paperwork. Medicaid is extremely valuable to all Americans who cannot afford to pay the high prices of insurance and prescriptions.

Mercedes from FL: De este programa depende la salud de mi padre, el está retirado y depende de este Programa para poder ver a un Medico, el trabajó toda su vida y aportó su cuota. Yo me pregunto, porque nuestros políticos en vez de proponer recortes a estos beneficios no proponen que las grandes compañías paguen su cuota de impuesto, como el que se le aplica a los trabajadores comunes.

Nancy from CA: While I am fortunate to have health coverage through my husband's work, my adult children are not so fortunate. My older daughter and her 2 year old son were recently approved for MediCal and this is a godsend for them. Now at last they can get much needed medical care. As a teacher I see many students each year who depend on MediCal to meet their needs. Please do not desert them. Just like the rich among us, they are people too.

Guadalupe from CA: En esta área tenemos muchos campos de cultivo. Los agricultores y sus familias no tendrían posibilidades de contar con tratamientos médicos que se requieren, ya que son personas que están expuestas a químicos, pesticidas, clima (muy frio o muy caliente), etc. y sobre todo que son de muy bajos ingresos, por lo que les sería imposible pagar a doctores particulares. Tenemos muchas personas de la tercera edad que con bastantes necesidades médicas, fueron campesinos que toda su vida trabajaron bajo las inclemencias del clima y expuestos a diversos químicos, ahora están sufriendo las consecuencias de años de labor. Son de bajos ingresos y necesitan medicinas de alto costo que no pueden pagar.

Alfonso from IL: soy una persona que está desabilitado y el medicar cortaron los beneficios y no tengo dinero para comprar mi medicina. Tengo un trasplante de riñón y una embolia, mi situación es muy crítica.

Jhovanna from CA: Medicaid is not only important for me but for my family. Without Medicaid my family and I would not have access to health care. It's a necessity and this program must be saved and supported.

Joel from MN: Without it many people will suffer and die.

Cherie from FL: It provides health insurance to my nieces and nephews.

John from CA: Medicaid is important to me because it pays for my nurses. My in-home care allows me live in my community and not in an institution. It helps pay for necessary medical supplies and equipment. Without Medicaid, my quality of life would decline.

Sandra from CA: I have a stepdaughter with two children who would have no access to medical care without Medicaid. It is of critical importance to our family.

Peter from IA: Porque el programa ayuda a muchas familias con hijos menores, que no pueden sostenerlos debido al bajo ingreso monetario.

Hector from TX: It helps us get by. Without it we would be out on the street.

Rosafrom from NY: I am a mother of 2 children and without Medicaid my family would not be able to go to a doctor. One of my children has asthma. Medicaid for my family is a peace of mind. Please save Medicaid.

Faviola from CA: Medicaid is meaningful to me because it means my family and I do not need to worry about expensive medical bills and we can feel somewhat comfortable visiting the doctor before it is too late.

Paulette from OR: I can't get any other insurance due to a pre-existing heart condition, and I have a long-term health problem with my eyes, too.

Raeann from NC: El programa de Medicaid es importante para me porque soy una terapeuta que trabaja para una organización non-gubernamental. Ayudamos a los niños quine han sufrido trauma, por ejemplo abuso sexual o físico. Sin Medicaid, estos niños no tuvieran la oportunidad de recibir nuestro apoyo y curarse de estas heridas. Sin apoyo psicológico, es probable que crezcan más y más problemas psicológicos como adultos. Gracias a Medicaid pueden recuperarse desde estas experiencias brutales y seguir mas fuerte (previniendo problemas para generaciones del futuro.)

Grace from VA: Hola, Soy madre de tres niños entre las edades de 4- 6 años y aunque no están en el programa de Medicaid, no sé si en un futuro lo vayan a necesitar, tomando en cuenta cuán difícil esta la economía en nuestro país. Pido consideración a tantas madres y padres que solo tienen Medicaid como la única esperanza de mantener sus hijos saludables. Pensemos también en lo que le va a costar económicamente a largo plazo a nuestro estado si miles de niños y familias no reciben los cuidados preventivos que merecen tener. Como madre pido a los legisladores que buscan otras alternativas de ahorrar y trabajar en el déficit en nuestro país. Por favor no lo hagan a cuesta de la salud de los más vulnerables! Confiando en sus destrezas y humana compasión me despido.

Graciela from FL: Help those in need today to become better productive citizens tomorrow!

Elvia from NE: The Medicaid program is crucial to our child's wellbeing. My husband and I don't currently have health insurance. We were paying around $600 a month in health insurance, not counting co-payments for office visits. At this time we cannot afford not having Medicaid coverage for our young child, she is 8 months of age. We are grateful for this program because if it weren't for it our child would not have the appropriate/quality health care needed in order to be a healthy and happy baby. My husband and I work and pay taxes and still we cannot afford the exaggerated private health insurance premiums.

Debbie from CA: while I have never personally needed it, I know many people who would not be alive without it. It makes me feel safer because people with communicable diseases can get treatment, and it makes me feel better about my own privilege, and my luck in getting health care through my job.

Karen from MO: I work with persons who need Medicaid funded services in order to live a healthy and wholesome life.

Donna from NC: it helped me through hard times when my babies were little and we had no support or help. I am so grateful that there were programs and resources that helped me out of poverty. I have always wanted to "give back" and have yet to do so, except that I am growing food and will share it with those less fortunate.

Deborah from NY: Every American will need Medicaid -all of us love someone who already needs it. This is a program that WORKS for Americans - we need Medicaid now & always.

Sara from NJ: all people should have the right to good health and access to health care.

Jerry from CA: I am currently disabled. It's about time that our Representatives stopped selling themselves to special interests and began to protect those of us who need the safety net. Quit taking from those already on fixed incomes or work hard for their money. Start taxing the rich and the corporations. With no tax breaks at all! Let them start to carry the bill that they are equipped to handle.

Lyn from WI: Medicaid picks up for me when Medicare doesn't. Being permanently disabled, this is extremely important. SSDI [Social Security Disability Income] still leaves me living below the poverty line, so every bit of help is vital to me.

Kathleen from MA: Medicaid and Medicare are very important to me as I am elderly and do not have the funds to pay for medical bills. There are so many people who are elderly and sick and do not have the means. People in Congress do not have to worry about this because they have pension for life.

Gwen from OH: Programs like this make the United States of America a great country. The opposite of caring for each other depraves a people.

Daniel from FL: Nuestros hijos y familiares necesitamos de esta ayuda para poder ir al doctor y hacer un chequeo y tomar ayuda de cualquier enfermedad, bacteria, infección, herida, o en otros caso de emergencia, operaciones y muchos otros, todos estos gastos uno no podría cubrir, con el Medicaid, uno puede hacerlo, y salva uno las vidas de los hijos y de uno mismo y familiares, abuelos, padres, tíos , etc. por favor traten de aportar los mas que puedan para estas razones y muchísimas otras que allí, el Medicaid es muy importante!!

Catherine from NJ: In 2001, my mother passed away in a Catholic Nursing home. She would not have been able to stay for that passing if, after spending down of insurance and private monies, Medicaid was not available. In my professional work, I was able to assist in applying for a Medicaid process for many people with disabilities that enabled their ongoing contribution to society. Many families would become less able to perform appropriate parenting, continue employment for the healthy able adults, and create access to basic necessities of life without this health insurance benefit (Medicaid).

Aurora from CA: Mi madre tiene 91 años y a su edad es importante tener la asistencia necesaria especialmente en casos de emergencia.

Sory from SC: It provides the medical assistance that all this children need, not only the Hispanic but all our children.

Gloria from TX: Medicaid provides quality medical care for my mother and the elders in my family. Without the services provided by Medicaid my family members would suffer greatly as would the rest of the family. Medicaid is a necessity not a luxury.

Chad from OR: I wouldn't be able to afford my medications for my diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and my depression.

Carmen from CA: It is the best way in which low income people can receive medical attention. In addition it keeps them with the doctors, preventive, and ongoing care, instead of letting them have only the option of the emergency rooms in the hospitals. Lowering the benefit of Medicaid will not be a financial solution, as many more people will seek help only in emergency rooms, overcrowding them even more, and skyrocketing costs.

Andrea from FL: Medicaid is meaningful to me because without it my children would not have healthcare. My husband and I cannot afford health insurance. My husband is a farmer and I am a full-time student with the goal of an awesome job to support my family in the future. I am happy Medicaid exists. Let's thank the government for KEEPING IT around FOREVER!!!

Andrew from CT: If my family and I did not have Medicaid we would not be able to afford to see a doctor.

Antonia from CO: Medicaid helps many people get healthcare for their children, and it is needed. I have a master's degree, and am still working in a labor field, and poor. So yeah it does affect everybody! How would you like it if you did not have the money to take your child to the doctor?

Antonio from CA: Because my immediate family is affected. As a veteran served in active combat I will be damned to watch them let my mother die.

Avila from CA: it provides a much needed service to so many Americans. Please stand up and vote to protect American families in their health needs. Health care is a basic right.

Bonnie from CA: I am one of the millions of Americans without health insurance, the premiums for a woman over 50 are impossible for me to pay. I am a single person; I don't know how families do it. Please don't punish the millions of people struggling because of problems caused by the banks and Wall Street!

Carolina from CA: My son suffers from a mental illness, luckily he is highly functional and Medicaid has helped him get many of the health benefits he needs. Already his dental care has been cut. We cannot afford to have any more cut.

Cassandra from WI: My grandparents would not be able to afford the necessary care they have needed and will continue to need in order to stay alive and healthy! Please keep programs that work!

Cathi from IL: My daughter, who suffers from asthma, has access to a wonderful pediatrician, superior medical facilities when hospitalized, and the medication necessary to maintain her health.

Janey from MO: I was on Medicaid as a young single parent. It helped keep my son and I secure in knowing that if something happened, we would be covered It also provided preventive care as we were fortunate to find a participating pediatrician. That was over twenty years ago and I am appalled by all the cuts and threats of more. It is our best healthcare program and means the difference of life and death for poor families with chronic and serious ongoing medical problems.

A.D. from NC: While I have personally never needed to take advantage of Medicaid benefits, numerous friends have turned to the program for essential medical care and emergency care. Medicaid was crucial to their lives.

Javier from NY: Medicaid es muy importante para las familias de bajos recursos. Gracias a Medicaid he podido mantenerme saludable. El gobierno ahorra más dinero al ayudar a las familias a mantener una buena salud que al tener que pagar gastos de hospitales cuando una persona tiene que estar internada.

John from MN: Without programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, it would be hard for me to get the care I need.

José from FL: Porque he sido una persona con muchos problemas médicos y deseo estar mejor.

Joyce from NY: I work with a poor Latino family who work in the fields on Long Island for minimum wage. I help to get their three children into school and to get proper medical care. Without Medicaid, these children would have no medical care. It was discovered they have high lead content in their blood and measures have been taken to reduce it. Without Medicaid these preschool children would end up in special education classes, costing far more in educational remediation than in preventative health care.

Julia from NC: El programa de Medicaid es muy importante para la mayoría de las familias pobres que viven en este país. Aquellos que no tienen recursos para comprar medicinas, especialmente personas que sufren enfermedades terminales o enfermedades curables, pero necesitan de Medicaid para cubrir los gastos de medicina. Conozco muchas personas que viven de ello. Senores políticos recorten su presupuesto a otros programas que no afecten a la población más débil, como por ejemplo los ricos paguen más impuestos para cubrir el presupuesto del estado, que bien seria en estos momentos de crisis.

A. from NC: It enabled me to get good pre-natal care for my son after my job ended that I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise.

Albert from NJ: It allows for a safety net for poor and working class families. With the high cost of healthcare increasing every year and wages and jobs decreasing every year, we need to make sure that the fundamental right to healthcare is attainable.

Karen from AZ: I am 59 years old and was laid off 3 years ago. I have Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), painful back problems, and high blood pressure. By kicking me off AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid Program) this is a death sentence. I have no income...How will I get the medications that are keeping me alive?

Kathy from MA: While I am not on Medicaid, I can see the benefit and value of making sure that all Americans have healthcare coverage, regardless of income. It is wrong to take away health benefits for those who need them the most. Also I believe in the importance of ensuring that all families have enough to eat and a roof over their heads. Thus I strongly support Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized housing, WIC and other programs that help families in need.

Jeff from FL: It means my kids can see a doctor and get medicine when they are sick. It means I don’t have to worry that they will get worse from an illness or die without coverage.

Jim from TX: As a nurse in a long term care facility, I see the effects of the cuts to healthcare programs like Medicaid, on the people who need social support programs the most. The Long Term Care facilities struggle to survive amidst the constant attacks on Medicare and Medicaid funding. You might be wondering where such facilities will cut in order to survive the 3% Medicaid cut (in Texas) this year and the 11.1% Medicare funding cut that takes effect 10/1/2011. I will tell you where the cuts will be, in goods, services and staffing. As a nurse, that translates in to more patients to care for, placed on an already overwhelmed nurse. The regulatory agencies require countless forms and amounts of documentation by the nurse, to verify that the services and care are being delivered, yet the amount of time available to deliver the care shrinks every day with reduced staffing and no overtime allowed. The ones who truly suffer are the patient's that need the care that the nurse and nurse aide don't have time to deliver. As a floor nurse, I constantly tell myself, "I wish I had a lot more time to spend with the patients," but the truth is I barely have time to deliver the very minimum of the necessary care. I have worked as a long term care nurse for 8 years. As nurses, we share stories about our experiences with each other. The one story we all share is how we wish would could give more than the least amount of acceptable care and actually be able to give the care that every patient deserves. And now, we are faced, yet again with more cuts. It appears that soon the care we will be able to give will be little better than no care at all. It grieves me to my heart to consider the faces of the patient's that suffer because of these cuts, but I am certain that that is exactly what the lawmakers need to see, the faces of the patients they are stripping the quality of care from every time they decide to make more cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Joel from CA: Es esencial que tengamos servicios de salud para todos, especialmente los mayores de edad.

Kay from AZ: I have friends who are physically challenged and need the support and aid which is provided by Medicaid.

Kim from NC: Medicaid is meaningful to me because my Mom has never worked a public job. She is 79 years old and on dialysis, diabetic, etc. Without Medicaid she would not be able to afford all her medications since she lives off Social Security. Neither my income nor my sisters could assist; we just don't make enough to survive the economy.

Kimberlee from CA: It shows that a country as rich and powerful as the U.S. can and will take care of its own...

Kimi from NJ: My family's income is well below the poverty level. Without Medicaid, we did not have medical coverage for many years. We are all US citizens. It was a struggle to get proper medical care. We need and appreciate the help this program gives us.

Lewis from NC: Impoverishing any of our people makes all of us poorer and at increased risk of worsening our entire nation's prospects.

Lisa from CA: I have been a Registered Nurse for 19 years, and have seen firsthand the difference in medical care between insured and non-insured patients. It is a sad and offensive truth that the uninsured do NOT receive the same care. Our emergency rooms are overcrowded, not with medical emergencies, but with sick people who cannot afford a visit to a doctor's office. Cuts to Medicaid will worsen this situation drastically. Medicaid is most important for its coverage of children and the elderly, the two most vulnerable populations in our country.

Lisa from IL: When my daughter was 13 she needed spine surgery. With the help of Medicaid she received the surgery and is now beautiful and studying to become a doctor. She will be able to pass the help along to others. Without Medicaid, and surgery, she'd be too self-conscious to leave the house.

Lourdes from FL: Health insurance is a necessity in this country, and it's awful to think that a nation of such innovation and prosperity could turn its back on those unable to provide coverage for themselves. Now, more than ever, are programs such as Medicaid invaluable to citizens.

Marian from CA: Several of my family members were MediCal (California’s Medicaid Program) recipients, some because of their age and others due to disabilities. Tax the rich, large corporations and our country will be able to assist those who need Medical.

Kristi from NC: Medicaid is meaningful to me because this is the only way my children and I are able to go to the doctor and get the care we need. I think it is important all US citizens get dental, eye, and medical treatment and should not have to worry that they can't do it because they are not financially able. It is time to stop cutting programs for the poorest and elderly in this country. It tells me that some of these policymakers don't care about the people these programs affect and it's time for change and clean house of all who want to turn their backs on the poor.

Corrine from ID: I work with the most vulnerable populations who depend on Medicaid to help keep them healthy. I am a social worker. Would you deny an 18 year old recent high school graduate who has no other resources an operation that will stop the constant pain because she has gall stones? Medicaid is her only source to heath care. As a country with unprecedented wealth that is more committed to enriching foreign countries it is time that resources are distributed to our own. As wealthy politicians let cut your health benefits to the same level that you are willing to cut for our Medicaid recipients. Let’s level the playing/paying field.

Elia from TX: The Medicaid Program is extremely important to thousands of seniors who cannot afford medical benefits because unfortunately they never made enough money or had a self sufficient job to receive a decent retirement. Most have worked all their lives barely making minimum wages while others have been disabled and cannot work full time to sustain themselves or their families. DO NOT CUT THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR CITIZENS TO MAINTAIN THIS PROGRAM.

Eric from MA: Since I am disabled, I need these benefits!

Eric from TX: A close friend of mine, who has worked his entire life, recently was affected by the continuous downsizing and off shoring of our jobs. This happened after his wife was pregnant. He and his wife exhausted their funds, and with a newborn baby who has complications, these medical programs have allowed his son to obtain the necessary treatment to give him the change of going home 6 weeks after his birth. It's not a hand out, it's a hand up.

Daniel from WA: Medicaid helps pay for my monthly health insurance premium. As a person living on a fixed income, this is a great help to me, especially as there has been no cost-of-living adjustment to my Social Security payments for years.

David from AK: It saves lives that are easily within the funding capabilities of this country to support. Start taxing Wall Street, millionaires and billionaires and corporations and stop demeaning the lives of the people that have provided the labor for those entities to become rich.

Douglas from NC: I have hepatitis-C and would be unable to afford any kind of treatment without Medicaid.

Edna from TX: It has helped my mother and family maintain a quality of life while battling cancer.

Fran from KY: Because I direct an organization where we minister to the Hispanics in Western Kentucky, I know how very important Medicaid is for the pregnancy, birth, infancy and development for mothers and babies. We have had more than 300 mothers who were blessed with Medicaid. Our growing children are essentially healthy because of the regular checkups and all the positive effects of the Program.

Gay from CA: My father is 78 and has no savings or plan for long-term care and I'm sure he is not unique. His Social security cannot put a roof over his head *and* cover basic living expenses. He will be dependent on Medicaid should he require attendants as none of us could quit our jobs to care for him, nor could we do more than basic care. His mother is still alive but has been suffering from dementia for years. We need the safety net that Medicaid offers because we are walking a financial tightrope in these perilous economic times.

Glenda from NJ: My retired parents need it!

Gracie from TX: I was blessed to have had this insurance to assist me when I had lost my job and was pregnant. I truly believe this is a load of your mind when you are in a situation that you cannot help. This Insurance helps thousands of people and I would hate for it to be taken away from someone just because.

Jose from NV: I'm currently unemployed, can’t afford to go see a doctor and have a baby on the way.

Helen from VA: Any reduction in Medicaid will mean that my friends and neighbors will be suffering from want- and I personally cannot help them. It means a lot to me to live in a society where each human life is of equal value. I really wouldn't care to live in any other kind of society. If I have access to good health care, I also want my neighbor to have that equal access. That's it!

Jaime from CA: Access to healthcare is a basic human right. Every other industrialized country in the world treats it as such. Only in the US do we act as if it's a luxury for the wealthy. Medicaid is one of the few ways that allows access to working class people and people in poverty. We need to expand such programs to include everyone.

Leonard from CA: Without Medicaid, I'd die. I have type 2 diabetes, Coronary Artery Disease, and back problems. I can't afford to pay for medical treatment and medicines myself. If I were a member of Congress or a rich corporate type, I could pay for everything with millions left over. So Congress needs to remember not everyone is a million/billionaire with corporate campaign checks coming 24/7. Protect Medicaid!

Leonard from WA: My family is lucky to not need to use Medicaid services but I support providing this vital health assistance for the less fortunate.

Leticia from NM: In a Democratic society, it is these types of programs that help the neediest and impoverished in this country. Like social Security and Medicare these programs are vital to most people. The New Deal brought this country closer to a more equal and just society. We cannot lose these important programs. I will always support them since my now retired parents who worked all their lives rely on them. It is only fair that in their retirement years they feel safe and not fear getting ill or worry about paying for medicines or for food. No one should have to make that choice in a civilized nation, no one.

Marian from IL: Medicaid helps others and by doing that it helps me. I don't want to see people who don't have their basic needs met. Having a home, health care, schooling and food to eat should be rights of everyone in the U.S. It makes me sad that there are millions in our country who don't have their needs met. Inequality hurts all of us.

Michael from CA: It helps so many others that cannot afford proper medical care. Even though I am well-to-do and adequately insured under Medicare, that does not mean I am oblivious to the needs of others less fortunate than I. Nothing is fair until ALL benefit and we must work to ensure equality in the end.

Michael from OH: Medicaid provides health care to the neediest of society.

Mike from WA: One of my children is now too old to be on our medical insurance. While she is a college graduate and has a history of working overseas, she is currently under-employed in the US and Medicaid is the only health care option she has. I know the meaning of good health care because when my daughter was only 5 and I was only 34, I suddenly learned I needed a heart transplant. The cause of my heart failure was a common virus that attacked my heart muscle suddenly and catastrophically. Because my union formed a community shared the cost of providing health care by making insurance available, I am now a 22-year survivor of my heart transplant. Our communities should never lose out on the contributions a poor person can bring to them because medical care is unavailable.

Mikki from NY: The idea that the most vulnerable could lose Medicaid is disgusting and repugnant. How dare we keep demonizing the poor?

Mil from CO: Medicaid provides critical access to healthcare for millions of Americans that have no other resource. To kill Medicaid is quite literally to kill people by allowing them to die without adequate healthcare. Rather than trying to balance the budget on the backs of poor people and working people congress should be looking for ways to get the rich and super rich to pay their share!

Marjorie from MO: So many of the people to whom I minister as a Franciscan religious sister are dependent on this program. It would be disastrous to them were it to be cut.

Mark from CA: As a physician in a Bay Area children's hospital, most of the families I care for wouldn't have access to health care if it wasn't for Medicaid.

Mary from OH: I work with many underprivileged and underserved people and without Medicaid they would not be able to have healthy children. Medicaid is critical for the future of our children.

Maura from FL: No one can live without some kind of insurance, some kind of help in times of illness or injury. Medicaid is as important as clean drinking water, good food and a place to live.

Micaela from MO: My sister is on disability, and cannot afford her medication, if she was not on Medicaid. Medicaid is very important to people who do not and cannot afford insurance and are not working. The United State of America needs to help their own people who live in the states, instead of taking care of everyone else in other countries. That's why we don't have any jobs, because they gave all of our jobs to other counties. And now we cannot afford anything, not even food for the poor.

Nancy from MA: I have private health insurance and do not need to use Medicaid, However Medicaid provides vital care for other people so it should be maintained.

Natalia from AZ: My children have asthma and without the assistance that KidsCare (Arizona’s CHIP program) provides I would be one hospital visit/bill away from losing everything that I have worked so hard for (vehicle, home, etc). Not to mention that changes in Medicaid coverage directly affect my employment and I honestly don't know if more cuts are put on health care that my employer would not have to close our behavioral health office. In our county alone we have lost roughly 200 jobs in direct relation to cuts congress and the state are passing adding to our already astronomical unemployment rate which is sitting around 30% right now. It is scary and it is unethical to take away voter approved programs to pay for big governments overspending. We have to fix our own problems before we can try to fix the world’s problems.

Nathan from MO: Medicaid helped my family during our most difficult times. Even though we have full health insurance coverage, that wasn't always the case before when I was out of work after the George W. sent my high-paying AMERICAN job overseas not once, but twice. It absolutely horrifies me to see the GOP once again trying to destroy the lower and middle classes in this country as we try to dig our way out of this mess that the GOP created in the first place, long before President Obama signed into office.

Patrick from NC: My wife's mentally and physically disabled brother lives with us. Without Medicaid it would extremely difficult for us to take care of him.

Paul from NM: Preventable measure for each American now is better than paying five to ten times as much later in medical bills. Besides, if congress and their families are getting their medical bills paid for by tax payers then they don't have too much to say, do they?!

Paulette from IL: My handicapped brother and sister rely on it.

Nellie from CT: I have loved ones who without Medicaid would get no health care at all. So many of our seniors rely on Medicaid. Please save our children, seniors and families who rely on Medicaid because it’s too expensive to pay for our own private insurance, especially when employers are going without offering such a "luxury."

Nora from CA: In California those who need get MediCal. This program is important to me for two reasons; two of my grandchildren are covered by the program, preventing serious illness through well care exams and treatment when they are ill as well as immunizations. The other reason is that I worked for a county agency which managed cash aid food stamp and medical programs. I have seen firsthand those who genuinely need these services. Many come as a last resort and most are embarrassed by having to apply. Medical care is a necessity, not a luxury. Pregnant women need prenatal care; children need immunizations and preventative care. Families need their breadwinners taken care of when ill to get back to the business of supporting their families. Please do not cut this much needed service.

Pamylle from NY: My son would literally have died without it!

Patricia from AZ: It protects children and families. They need this protection.

Patricia from NH: I have friends with disabilities who rely on Medicaid. One of them is my friend, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. Her parents were not rich and the stress of their problems led to divorce and her mom raising her alone. Without Medicaid, Jennifer would not be able to communicate (funding for her communications device) or attend a university where she maintains a 3.8 Cumulative Average . My step son has severe Chron's Disease and has been too sick to work for a couple of years. Medicaid was all that stood between him and death. He relies on Medicaid to provide health insurance for his daughter. I work as a volunteer advocate for people with disabilities. In my experience, people who rely on Medicaid receive the absolute minimum of support to survive. Please don't cut the lifeline for our most vulnerable citizens!! I am not Hispanic, but the issues that affect the Hispanic community are important to me.

Ramiro from KS: Provee los cuidados médicos que necesitan mis hijos. Los cuales de otra manera yo no pudiera pagar. Tengo una hija de 15 años que está severamente discapacitada y sin este programa yo no podría pagar sus gastos médicos.

Joel from IL: At this rate I pray to God that there will be Medicaid when I reach retirement age. I am 55 years old and employed and can only Pray that government get their act together.

Robert from CO: My Aunt lost almost all her life savings in a stock market problem, and although members of her family helped her, she ended up in a nursing home as her help dried up in the recession. Her family couldn't help any more, and she ran out of money completely. Medicaid came to her aid and picked up the rest over and above all but $50 of her Social Security checks. I don't know what she or her family could have done had it not been for Medicaid. She would not have been welcome in the nursing facilities if she couldn’t pay the $100 per day required. She had to spend down to $2,000 before the Medicaid kicked in, so that would have lasted only another 20 days. Medicaid really helped her in her final days.

Renee from DC: I may not be able to get prescription assistance for my seizure medication unless I qualify for Medicaid. I consider myself low income, for now, but my medication costs $600 a month and it is the only pill that works to control my seizures. That amount would be expensive for even upper class people. If I can't get the discount or a job with benefits soon, I have to stop taking my medication. I hope Medicaid will accept me even if I make a little over the limit to qualify.

Rhonda from GA: My father has a history of congestive heart failure. Our family could benefit from the medical assistance if needed.

Robert from CA: Medicaid helped my family when we really need it when I was younger. Now that I support my own family, I would like to give some of that help I received to needy family. Please pressure the Medicaid system to needy family. God Bless.

Sonia from IL: Help to the most vulnerable population, women and children.

Stephen from CA: I have heart failure, and cannot work nor can I afford private insurance

Susan from CA: It provides the most disadvantaged among us with health care. Without this health care many needless deaths will occur. It is vital that we do all we can do to protect the elderly, all disabled persons and children from any further cuts to the Medicaid program.

Susana from CO: My dad is disabled, he is getting his social security pension and he also gets Medicaid. It is very important for him to be able to count on these programs to help him pay for his medical treatments with diabetes and his heart problems. The amount he receives from social security wouldn't be enough to pay for his and my mom’s every day expenses plus having to pay for a private insurance. We all know the cost of private insurances is too high. He is old and nobody wants to hire him anymore so he is been looking for job for about 3 years now but he hasn't been lucky. We really need Medicaid for him.

Sylvia from Florida: My daughter recently was laid off after many years of service. She holds a degree in Psychology, but where's the job market...needless to say she had to apply for Medicaid for herself and her three young children. For many it is not as if they do not want to work.

Robert from CO: Medicaid is meaningful because my mother-in-law had Alzheimer’s disease and was confined to a Healthcare Facility. My wife started taking care of her for about three years. We finally found a place and if it was not for Medicaid we would not be able to afford the cost of my mother-in-laws medication or 24/7 assisted living.

Rodolfo from WA: I am about to retire and oppose to the distorted lies that some politicians and their supporters are spouting, Medicaid actually saves money.

S from CA: Without Medicaid or Medicare, the citizens of the United States of America would be like any other third-world country: the wealthy who own everything and everybody else owns crumbs. The radical right has been chipping away at the New Deal since Ronald Reagan through outsourcing jobs, tax incentives to outsource and over developing the military industrial complex. It's time for our elected officials to represent the PEOPLE of the United States instead of their corporate benefactors.

Scott from CA: I have AIDS and it helps with my medical needs

Sister Janice from KS: Medicaid is important to so very many of the families I serve. Without it there is no way they can go for medical treatment until it is at emergency room stage or they have to wait six to eight weeks.

Tanara from MD: Everyone should have access to healthcare. It shouldn't just be for the rich or members of Congress.

Vicente from CA: I know it affects many American citizens.

Wayne from CO: While I don't need it many do and it should be available to all who need health care but don't have insurance or not on Medicare.

Werner from IL: I have been a social worker for 40 years, and have spent considerable time working with low-income individuals. Medicaid is frequently the only option to obtain needed healthcare services as well as medication to sustain the person living in the community. In Illinois, we have seen the devastating effects to persons with disabilities who do not have Medicaid. They are denied access to services, such as case management, medical treatment, therapy, housing, and opportunities to better their lives. I would hope that persons in our country who are in need have access to basic human services with dignity, and that Medicaid not be reduced to persons in need.

Yvonne from CA: My son has a traumatic brain injury from a car accident. He has Medicare and Medicaid. He wouldn’t be able to afford his medicines and see doctors without Medicaid. Do not cut this valuable program!

Vincent from CA: I am a taxpayer who can't sleep at night knowing that other people in my country (the USA) are hungry, without necessary transportation and in dire need of medical care.



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