Col. Krisinger's dismissal of the proposal to approve the Medicaid expansion proposed by state Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37) is exceedingly short sighted (Connection, May 4-10, 2017). His position is typical of some who have a fully funded “government assisted” health care plan.
The proposed Medicaid expansion is a program by which the citizens of Virginia can gain a benefit from the taxes that they have already paid. There is no added cost to the taxpayer. This is Federal tax revenue that is returned to the state for the use of the citizens. The State’s earlier refusal to accept this money allowed it to go to other recipients in other states. It did not reduce the tax burden for Virginia citizens’ one iota.
What better use of tax revenue is there than to provide a direct benefit back to the citizens in need? This is a better use of my tax dollars than the extravagant “federal assistance” for bombs and bullets dumped in desert wastelands or the building of a border wall that will never accomplish its intent.
F. Tracy Schonrock