Petition Asks Obama To Deny Christie’s Medicaid Waiver Which Puts Income Cutoff At $5,317

shaniks_offc_2While 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.

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  1. My insurance for a single policy costs about 6K a year [not the best policy]. Add the deductables co-pays & 50% of medecine. Unfortunatly I neede some procedures the last couple of years, plus a couple of rout cannals, & guess what it takes it over 12K.
    That is for one person.
    So what do the Government want?
    People to suffer & die?
    Hospitals & doctors to be owed?
    Whgo will now foot the bill.
    I think the first scarafice should be the Governer & congress pay their ownn health insurance.
    Next the amount paid is on a scale of how much you own & earn,like a co-pay system.
    This plan really eliminates many from heath coverage.

    This means those who don’t have income, but entitlements of 30K plus get medicare & those who earn only 20K have to die.

  2. Many have mentioned the irony of this budget cut. Those who earn more end up with less or next to nothing because now they have to pay for insurance. Those who are eligible and end up with insurance coverage and get to keep what they earn.

    Shouldn’t the system determine eligibility based on how much one earns after insurance cost. That is, those who can afford to pay for insurance and meet minimum living expenses would not be eligible. Those who would fall below poverty level if they paid insurance would be eligible.

    Another solution I have not really seen may be to charge a minimum $35 a month along with say a $5 co-pay. Many would be able to afford this. Although not everyone can afford even this most would.

  3. The best system would be if there was no government insurance in the first place. If everyone had to pay out of pocket every time they went to the doctor, the doctors would charge much less. That’s how the system always used to be.
    In Eretz Yisrael, if an American has to see a doctor, (with no insurance) he pays about about 50 shekel, or 14 dollars. That’s because there is no insurance, so the doctors charge what people can afford.

    If the government would provide everyone with two free donuts every day, the price of donuts would shoot up, because the government is paying for it anyway, so who cares.

    Capitalism always worked. Until socialism screwed it up.

  4. stop the problem at the source:
    don’t give aid to ilegals
    tort reform
    don’t perform basic medical services at er only emergency services

  5. It truly is a quandry on the one hand many of our own neighbors will be affected by this bill in a negative way.
    On the other hand the “Cultur of Dependence” is extremley detrimental in the long run as we are witnessing now in Washington.
    Eventually the money runs out or as Margeret Thacher said “eventually you run out of other peoples money”.
    The real solution would be a dramatic cut in taxes and regulation to match the dramatic cuts in government.
    The cuts in taxes and regulation will have multi[ple affects.
    A) They will allow wealthy people who benefit from these tax breaks to chose whether or not they wish to ignore the plight of their neighbors those who beleive in Tzedakah (charity) will then be able to give more which will help more as small local charities are more efficient then the Government in using the charitable dollar as needed.
    b) It will dramatically lower the cost of living for many allowing them to afford to spend more and thereby purchase health insurance.
    c) The “shock” of the cuts in taxes and regulation will jolt the economy back on track and numerous people who are out of work will have jobs and in many cases well paying jobs thereby allowing them to provide for themselves and others.

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