Letter: Tax money is best spent helping neighbors

Published December 28, 2013 1:01 am

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I was disappointed at the article by Sen. Allen Christensen ("Medicaid expansion is forced charity," Opinion, Dec. 22).

We can argue about how our government provides medical care to fellow Americans, and we can applaud personal acts of charity. However, I am appalled that Mr. Christensen refers to Medicaid as a "distorted view," and describes a situation where a government employee takes an injured person to an inn where he could not be refused, and then bills the government for the victim's care.

That sounds a whole lot like an ambulance with EMTs taking an injured person to a hospital emergency room where no one is refused care because of their ability to pay. And yes, some of it comes from the government and it is "free money" paid for by taxpayers and it is the best money we spend on anything.

I am happy that Mr. Christensen had a "warm and fuzzy" moment when he gave someone a few dollars. I am sorry he doesn't feel as good about giving health care to our less fortunate citizens.

LeRoy Uncles