Stand up for Medicaid

As a woman of faith, I know to be grateful for my blessings: wonderful parents, kind and hardworking husband, four healthy children, and health insurance, thanks to employer benefits.

I especially treasure the gift of children. I am continually in awe that our country, despite its great wealth, has some of the worst outcomes for healthy births in the world. Infant mortality is too high and is directly linked to maternal health care. When states expand Medicaid, they drastically improve maternal health. With Wisconsin refusing these funds, our lawmakers are harming our most vulnerable ... newborns, young families and the working poor.

Under the ACA, all states have the option to help more families by expanding eligibility to more households, such as families of three who make less than $30,000. Working folks who can barely scrape by are being left behind, because your state legislature refused to accept Federal funds.

I am deeply offended by politicians who choose to turn a blind eye to people in need. The Great Commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is the core principle of my faith as well as many others.

We need to recognize the dignity of hard work through access to affordable, accessible healthcare.

In addition, Medicaid expansion provides budget relief not only for working people but for the state itself. This fiscal argument alone should suffice. For me, it’s a matter of human dignity.

Please stand up for Medicaid expansion. Your voice matters. Call your state representatives today.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9.

Even Republican Vice President Mike Pence took the Federal Medicaid expansion funding for Indiana in 2015 and was able to cover an additional 380,000 people in his state.

Melissa Winker

2018 Assembly District 38 Candidate

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