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In response to Maria Muzzie’s letter (“Corbett’s Failure to Expand Medicaid Will Cost Everyone,” Jan. 16) scolding Gov. Tom Corbett for not expanding Medicaid:

Ms. Muzzie states that this expansion would be beneficial because the federal government would pay 100 percent of the costs the first three years and 90 percent thereafter. Ms. Muzzie is unaware of the fact that the federal government has no money, no pot of gold to pay these bills, no “rainy day” fund to come up with the money.

The money comes from taxpayers, so whether the federal government pays the bills or the state government pays the bills, the bills are really being paid by working Americans paying their taxes — an ever-shrinking group of people with an ever-increasing group of people having their bills paid for them.

I have a novel idea. Let’s have the federal government cut back on regulations and taxes and add business incentives for production and hiring so that more people will be employed, so that more people are paying for less people.

Has Ms. Muzzie also forgotten that we currently have a national debt of more than $17 trillion that has risen by almost $7 trillion in the last five years?

Let’s make America competitive, again, so we can employ millions more and start to meet our obligations to take care of the truly needy and pay back our debts!

RICK PURCELL
Mt. Lebanon


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