While politicians across the state are crying foul over Gov. Chris Christie’s cuts to entitlement programs, one group of Newarkers is taking their grievance straight to the top. “We’ve got 1,000 signatures that we sent to the president,” said Isaac Jenkins, head of the Time for a Change Committee — a coalition protesting the recent cuts to state Medicaid programs currently up for approval by President Obama. “We’re going to get 20,000.”
The signatures accompany a one-page letter asking Obama to deny Christie’s application for a Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver, a move that would allow the state to lower the income eligibility cutoff from $24,645 to $5,317 for a family of three receiving state subsidized health care.
“Our governor says it’s OK because children would not be affected but what good is it to have healthy children if the parents are sick?” the letter reads. “Dropping the poverty level would be inhumane as well as irresponsible.”
Ray Castro, a senior analyst for New Jersey Policy Perspective, estimated that lowering the income cutoff from $24,000 to $5,000 means about 23,000 people will lose Medicaid eligibility. More in Star Ledger.