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Letters to the Editor

This Medicaid madness has to stop

From Sonya Sayers

Des Moines

This Medicaid madness has to stop. I know, because I’m on Medicaid.

When I was 50, one day I woke up and my joints started aching. It was hard to walk, it was hard to stand. Since then, I’ve been on various forms of Medicare and Medicaid disability.

My experience with Medicaid has been mixed. While I’m glad to have health care, it’s been confusing and burdensome to keep up with all the changes since privatization.

Now I have to switch from UnitedHealthcare to either Amerigroup or Iowa Total Care. They don’t offer the same benefits I got from United. Hopefully, I will still be able to see my same doctors and clinicians, unless they’re not “in network.”

Enough is enough. We can’t have varying levels of health care coverage for different segments of the population. We’re all in this together, and I believe health care is a human right.

It’s not enough to return Medicaid to state control. The time is now to implement “Medicare for All” and give everyone a comprehensive standard of care to live their lives and be valued members of society. And it’s time for my representative, Cindy Axne, to support “Medicare for All.”

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