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Medicaid expansion offers benefits for Hoosiers

Our 47-year-old son is both mentally and physically challenged. To receive necessary medical care our son has availed himself of the current Medicaid system. We believe it is very important that additional needy individuals in the future be included for coverage through the expansion of Medicaid.

Since the General Assembly chose to leave the decision to Gov. Mike Pence regarding Indiana’s participation in the Medicaid expansion available under the federal Affordable Care Act, we strongly encourage Pence to accept, on behalf of Indiana, this expansion option.

The state’s current Healthy Indiana Program covers about 40,000 Hoosiers; however, by adopting the Medicaid expansion of the ACA, some 407,000 additional uninsured individuals would be covered. This is a group of individuals who often receive delayed care, which is more expensive health care by far. Also under the current system, hospitals, in particular, shift the cost of uncompensated care to commercial insurance companies; that causes our health insurance premiums to rise.

For these reasons we ask that Pence allow Indiana to receive the Medicaid expansion program under the ACA.

MARVIN O. and LOIS ROSS Fort Wayne

Lawmakers disconnected from the rest of us

I had to respond to Helen Twite (April 29) regarding our elected representatives not voting for what the electorate wants. Boy, when has this happened, anyway?

Don’t you find the incredible lack of morals and ethics in government astounding? These folks, Republicans and Democrats, are all awful. They are so disconnected from the voting public, it’s pathetic.

Both parties throw out these poll numbers. Have you ever been polled for any piece of firearm legislation? Did the government ask you whether you were in favor of leasing the Toll Road to somebody offshore, even though, as an Indiana taxpayer, you helped pay to construct it? Did your local school board contact you regarding school buildings that are built, used and then practically given away, with no recourse for the taxpayers who paid for these buildings to try to recover some of those dollars?

The elected people in our government exempt themselves from many of the very laws they pass that affect all of us. “We the people” (taxpayers) are just the source of funding to them, and that’s it. Twite is correct; we are led.


Arrogant barricades must be removed

I have lived in southwest Allen County for more than 25 years. I was here when most of this area was dirt, dust and cornfields. Even then, to get from U.S. 30 to Indiana 14 (Illinois Road) to Covington Road to Aboite Center Road to U.S. 24, one had to skillfully navigate through the subdivisions. This was and is very inconvenient for lost drivers and for those of us who watched traffic tear past our homes until the “S” curves and stop signs slowed them down. We had no police cars lying in wait to catch these traffic offenders. We had no “neighborhood traffic only” barricades to ward off the cars.

So why are there police cars in Inverness Lakes (a collection of $500,000+ homes at the corner of Hadley and Covington roads)? What’s with the “neighborhood traffic only” barricades? It’s because our bridge is out and traffic is re-routed. Welcome to city life.

I’m irate. Traffic is an annoying price to pay to live out here. And we have all tolerated more than “neighborhood traffic only.” Some of us even pay association dues on top of taxes for maintenance of our subdivisions which benefit all who drive through.

I’ve paid my taxes, I’ve been annexed into the city, and my road has been a thoroughfare for 27 years. The road through Inverness Lakes, in the hub of everything, is public, and should be available to all of us.

Those arrogant barricades need to come down. Today.