- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
Trading pension for health care
To the editor: Social Security is considered sacred by a majority of citizens from both parties because people from all classes and backgrounds pay into the program and expect to get something back upon retirement or becoming disabled. It is not considered welfare, but rather a pension and insurance program. We pay into the system with the expectation that, at the least, we will have a very basic safety net when we retire or become disabled. Unfortunately in Missouri, that safety net is broken.
The Republican legislature and Gov. Matt Blunt advocated deep cuts to Medicaid that forces people with disabilities who receive SSDI to pay higher premiums in order to keep Medicaid. People who live on SSDI are required to live at 15 percent below the poverty level, which means a person who becomes disabled would only have $724 to take care of himself and his family. With all the medical expenses not covered by Medicaid, people do not have enough money to live on. What makes this situation more tragic is that this is earned money from an insurance program, not welfare.
We need to re-establish a basic safety net that allows people to keep the money they have earned and help those who have become disabled. The chances are three out of 10 that someone could become disabled sometime in their working life. We all benefit from helping the unfortunate, because tomorrow we may be the ones that need the help.
BOB PUND, Columbia, Mo.