Editor’s note: Below are excerpts from a reader’s letter to the People’s Tribune about an article we published entitled,“How I got screwed out of my Medicaid.” In that article, Susan Sawsan Cain, says that we “need communities that will serve their needs, not a tyrannical corporate state that would be ecstatic if poor people just die and relieve the wealthy of this ‘huge burden.’”
Same thing happened to my Mom and Dad recently. When my Dad was taken off of Medicaid and put on Medicare they looked at my parents’ income—they are both self-employed, but my Mom works at the restaurant that they own and they only gross around $16,000 or less a year. They cut my Mom’s benefits and they also cut my Dad’s. They put them on Medicare and my Dad has liver and kidney failure and has to get treatments around four to five times a week. Medicare doesn’t even cover the full cost of paracentesis. They expected my father to pay over $200 per treatment for his liver when my parents cannot afford almost $10,000 a year to pay for this necessary medical procedure. Now my parents are in debt medically and with $200 per treatment when you need that treatment four to five times for a month is costing them close to $12,000 a year which is now going to collection.
It is so heartbreaking for me to see my parents suffer like this. My parents didn’t ask to get sick. They only needed Medicaid to help with how bad things are medically for them and the government has failed them based on what they deem as poverty. Thank you so much for posting this.
— Elinor Ziel