Leftover sends this, an exploration as to why the folks of Flint, Mich., were given Medicaid for their toxic water, and the folks of Libby, Mont., were given Medicare for life. Writes Donna Smith at Common Dreams:
Governor Snyder pressed the Feds to expand Medicaid coverage to children and youth under 21 years old and to pregnant women. The Obama administration quickly approved the Medicaid expansion requested by Gov. Snyder – the man who is responsible for poisoning Flint residents, and the man who should resign as Michigan’s governor. This Medicaid expansion for Flint was done under Section 1115 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.
Why would that be? Writes Smith:
The residents of Libby, MT, are 95.1 % white as of the last census. Median household income is just below $30,000/year.
The residents of Flint are nearly 60% African American as of the last census. Median household income is approx. $26,000/year.