Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Everyone healthier and less stressed is good for us all as a community, in the same way that we all benefit from good quality education for all. A little universal spreading of basic public good is a worthwhile investment by governments. Even looked at thru a lens of profit–the only true value acknowledged and practiced now by the majority conservative governments–communities of a decent level of general shared wealth and health attract and hold more investors, employers and big spenders. Unless the goal truly is nothing but enriching a few cronies.

Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: At present I would not be directly affected, yet, as stated, this will have an effect that ripples from the individuals felled by this cruel, high-handed deprivation throughout our entire shared society, culture and even geographical place. I’ve just recently driven cross-country; it’s not hard to tell which areas are more “liberal”, making some provisions for the general public good, or “conservative”, offering nothing to the general public. Roads, services, attitudes, even visible signs of health, are noticeably different. I saw many heartbreakingly unhealthy looking people bravely zombie-ing their way thru their work. If you truly believe government’s role is to insure profits flow to a very few select people, then, yes, support its actions like this. How many of us can there really be that truly choose this? Why would the majority of us wish for the best to go only to an inside few? Government has a role in offering every citizen some basic security. It is in fact good for all of us if it does that. This is a greater good than a few friends of the governor getting to be even richer.