Letter to the Editor: A lottery we don’t want to win


The journal Heath Affairs just published evidence that at least 7,000 people and maybe as many as 17,000 people will die this year because of the states that have chosen to opt out of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

It seems to me that the politicians who voted for this result should at the least be ashamed. But, instead, they are proud that their intentional public policy is going to let people die when they could have been saved.

In Virginia it looks like about one person will die each and every day. It’s a new kind of lottery that our leaders have forced upon us that you will not want to win. Who will it be today? Someone in your family? Someone in mine?

Mostly the elderly and the poor will suffer at first, but who knows who will be thrown under the bus next?

Michael Cash, Fort Valley