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Think of possibilities if pro-lifers control all lives


Published: Sun, July 9, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

Think of possibilities if pro-lifers control all lives

Quite recently there was yet another fight in Congress on the budget. This fight will be front and center again for another round of fighting.

My thoughts and questions regarding Planned Parenthood are:

Should the pro-lifers gain all political power in the United States, the most marvelous outcome will be the cessation of the U.S. being involved in any way in any war. War represents so much loss of life; there should be no war(s) to prevent loss of life. This is so pro-life.

There would be no more ultimate punishment by state-sanctioned executions. That represents loss of life, a precept the pro-lifers are against.

There would be no more guns sold by the millions and unconscionably to anyone for any reason. Guns are so often used for taking lives; to wit, how many mass slayings will be prevented? Yet another victory for pro-lifers.

Every pregnancy that will result in a baby gives a waiting pro-lifer the opportunity to adopt an otherwise unwanted baby.

Forget that Planned Parenthood gives literally millions of women the health care that can be inaccessible otherwise. Health care includes breast examinations to prevent or detect cancer – the cancer that could result in premature, painful death. Vaginal care also for the same purposes. Its preventive-care procedures help our economy.

Planned Parenthood provides information on how to prevent unwanted pregnancies and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases; sex education to both girls and boys they do not receive from parents. Also even extensive counseling can prevent or correct relationships gone bad.

When pro-lifers are in charge of all lives, there will no longer be a need for legal abortions as unwanted babies are wanted by prospective adoptive parents taking care of every cost from prenatal care to adulthood including higher education.

What wonderful and more ideal our lives will be when all of this comes to fruition. Males will never have to worry that their sacred semen might be abused.

Shirley A. Bartlett, Austintown

Medicaid was never meant to cover able-bodied men

A July 3 Vindicator editorial argued that Gov. John Kasich was right to veto the Legislature’s Medicaid freeze. I take issue with both the facts in the editorial and the philosophy.

First the facts. The editorial says, “Many of the 700,000 or so Ohioans covered by Medicaid…”. However, according to Ohio’s Medicaid website, 3.1 million residents were covered by Medicaid as of May 2017. That’s about 27 percent of all Ohioans. This begs the question of how a program intended to serve the blind, disabled, mentally ill, pregnant women morphed into a program covering 27 percent of the population. That seems to be the nature of all compassionate government programs.

I’m sure the editorial writers meant to say that 700,000 Ohioans were added to the Medicaid rolls as a result of the Medicare expansion. That statement is consistent with the 726,000 Group VIII recipients(the classification for expansion enrollees).

Original Medicaid was never intended for the able-bodied without children, but the Medicaid expansion made them eligible for the first time. By contrast, 446,000 residents were classified aged, blind and disabled.

And who are these newly added? Again, according to Ohio Medicaid, 56 percent are able-bodied men. Over 70 percent are white, and only 43 percent work. It’s relatively easy to be a low-income individual when you don’t work.

I wonder if Ohioans understand how big a burden Medicaid imposes on the state’s budget. In 2017, Medicaid was $25 billion of the state’s $73 billion budget or 33 percent; an additional $721 million was spent on mental health and addiction services. By comparison, primary, secondary and higher education spending totaled $13.7 billion.

It seems the opioid problem is the rationale for vetoing the expansion. If so, what are we talking about? A Plain Dealer article in April estimated 200,000 Ohioans are drug addicted. That’s a far smaller number than the 700,000 newly eligible Medicaid recipients. The governor can be honest and propose addressing the drug- addicted population directly.

Bob Voytilla, Hubbard

Cuts to Medicaid would gravely hurt Ohio’s kids

More than 1.3 million Ohio children are insured by Medicaid, including all children who come into the custody of Children Services agencies. It is vital that while deliberating health-care reform, our elected officials in Congress fully understand the important role that Medicaid plays in providing access to the care essential to helping these children overcome obstacles and thrive.

Trauma is a common experience of children removed from their homes and placed into foster care. The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program that Medicaid offers is key to providing the physical and behavioral health care these children need to reduce the long-term effects of that trauma.

Additionally, the number of children going into the foster-care system is exploding in the midst of the opioid crisis. This epidemic is largely responsible for an 11 percent increase in children in custody over the last six years. It has had a devastating effect on the children services system; however, Medicaid provides vital help and hope. It insures many of the parents of at-risk youth – providing them with the access to treatment critical to stabilizing and reunifying families.

Now is not the time to limit access to care.

Angela Sausser, Columbus

Angela Sausser is executive director of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio.

Generosity, kindness thrive on Canfield Village Green

We have some great citizens here in Mahoning County.

While giving candy out during the 4th of July Parade in Canfield, I misjudged the crowd and ran out of candy after reaching the Village Green.

A young lady, about 10 years old, offered me candy from her bag to donate to others. I gave her a big hug and thanked her and her parents for being so generous and thoughtful.

I apologize for not getting her name, but I want everyone to know about her generosity and kindness.

Sue Ann Taylor, Youngstown

New Black Monday lurks if health-care reforms pass

Ask any lifelong Youngstown resident about Sept. 19, 1977, and he or she will tell you about “Black Monday,” the day workers at Youngstown Sheet & Tube reported for duty and were greeted by a locked door and an indefinite layoff notice. By 1981, more than 10,000 people from U.S. Steel, Republic Steel and other related manufacturing plants here were unemployed (Mahoning HistoryBlogSpot.com).

Driving past the old steel mills today, it’s easy to see why Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown earned the nickname of “The Rust Belt.” But don’t count us out yet. All three cities have been slowly making a comeback through advances in technology, manufacturing, and medicine.

Yes, things are looking a bit brighter in Youngstown, but all that could change if the Senate passes the Better Care Reconciliation Act. This act would drastically reduce the number of people with health insurance in our area, which would lead to massive layoffs in the health-care sector, deny our residents the quality care they deserve, and devastate our local economy.

It’s time to take action. Call U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and demand that he vote “NO” on the BCRA. We’ve worked far too hard and endured way too much over the past few decades to sit quietly while a rushed, ill-conceived bill sends us spiraling toward another Black Monday.

Amanda Russ Daquelente, Youngstown


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