According to the respected, non-partisan Institute of Medicine, adults without health insurance die at about a 25 percent higher rate than those who have it.
With the expansion of Medicaid coverage and if the other features of Obamacare all come into force, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates 184,000 fewer uninsured in West Virginia. If our doctors and hospitals are able to serve these new patients effectively, eventually there will be at least 200 fewer deaths per year.
Maybe you have a full-time job with health benefits, or maybe you are retired and on Medicare. But I bet you have a neighbor, friend, or relative who is not so fortunate. Perhaps someone with several part-time jobs who struggles to put food on the table but can't afford to see the doctor for her diabetes. Or maybe somebody self-employed who can't get health insurance and doesn't know about the heart attack he's about to have. Who does Capito think is expendable?
Capito says we "... deserve patient-centered reforms that make health care affordable and available for families." That's Obamacare in a nutshell. What specific programs would she propose to cover more West Virginians at lower cost?
Shelley Moore Capito ought to be ashamed of herself.
Charles P. Schade
It's all about profits for coal industry
In Ken Ward's excellent story, "Mining The Mountains: Coal-backed studies evoke controversy," coal industry public relations hacks say they are concerned about jobs and something called energy security. Never do they include corporate profits, and that is what it is all about.
The coal industry cares so much about jobs that they have since 1940 replaced over 100,000 of those jobs with machines and would eliminate all the jobs if they could design machines to replace the remaining coal miners at a dollar savings. It is about corporate profits, nothing else.