|Gov Bentley's malpractice|
|Written by News Desk|
|Thursday, 19 December 2013 13:51|
I can't stake claim to being the first to compare Gov. Bentley's refusal to expand Medicaid under the new health care law to cover upwards of 300,000 of Alabama's mostly working poor without costing the state one thin dime to malpractice, but this is not just ordinary malpractice, it is gubernatorial malpractice in the first degree.
The Montgomery Advertiser put it rather bluntly in an editorial Sunday, reminding Dr. Bentley that even though he isn't practicing medicine these days "malpractice can occur in the governor's office as well."
I don't know who's advising the governor on this matter, or whether it is his singular decision, but refusing to allow these hundreds of thousands of Alabamians the opportunity to have health care without any addition to our tax burden goes against the Christian values to which I subscribe. More so, not only is it cruel, it is insane. Doesn't the Bible teach us to heal the sick and feed the poor... and it doesn't put a price tag on it.
It is incumbent on Gov. Bentley to give the people of Alabama a valid reason for this decision. I make a simple request, Governor: ask God, not your political "Yes" parrots.
Bentley's idiotic decision is even more incredible when you look at the cost factor. To include covering all families below the federally-recognized poverty level ($32,500 for a family of four) would cost the state absolutely zero for the first three years. After that the feds would continue paying 90 percent and the state would have to anti up ten percent.
The governor is not only doing a great disservice to these families. Who will then continue to make up the difference in what the state will have to pay; the rest of the state's taxpayers, of course? The cost to the state will be nearly a billion dollars according to a recent study concerning the states which will fail to make the affordable health care legislation available to their citizens.
State now lists campaign giving
The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is the leading contributor to political candidates in political giving according to a new state website. With primaries only a few months out, the new site reports that nearly $2.5 million has already been contributed to political candidates. AEA's political action committee has already donated nearly $800,000 to candidates since the website got up-and-running last June.
AEA has donated to both Democrats and Republicans. AEA's Executive Secretary Henry Mabry commented this past week that the association "would be for Democrats, Republicans, or whoever as long as they are for public education." AEA gave $150,000 to former Republican Garreth Moore of Enterprise, who is challenging GOP Sen. Jimmy Holley of Elba. AEA also shelled out $50,000 each to five other Democrats and one Republican. Other big donors included:
• Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc. owned by businessman Jimmy Rane gave $275,000 to political action committees operated by Montgomery lobbyists Joe Fine and Bob Gettie. Fine & Gettie PACS then funneled money to many legislators including $140,000 to House Speaker Mike Hubbard. They gave $100,000 to Gov. Bentley and $30,000 to Atty. Gen. Luther Strange.
• The Poarch Band of Creek Indians provided $350,000 to several PACS controlled by their lobbyist, John Teague, which funneled funds to several candidates, including $20,000 each to Republican Tim Sprayberry, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville.
• The Alabama Power Company Employees PAC has spent $314,000, primarily on legislators. The APC PAC gave to just about every incumbent senator and a great number of House members. The donations usually were about $5,000 to senators and $1,000 to representatives.
• The Alabama Trucking Association political action committee has tossed in $189,000
• Alabama 2014 (Bob Riley's PAC) to Protect the Republican Majority has provided about $160,000 in donations since June. The PAC has also provided $169,000 in "campaign services" according to its report.
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