Trend not a surprise

Re: Number of uninsured

The article in the Aug. 31 edition of The Sheridan Press titled “Hospital seeing more uninsured patients,” is not surprising. The Affordable Care Act was designed to provide health insurance to a greater number of people, in particular, those whose earnings are at or below the federal poverty level.

The Department of Health has estimated that there are 20,000 or more who qualify at that level in our state. With Congress recently removing the requirement to have insurance, the number of uninsured will be increasing, therefore increasing the burden on our local hospital.

A partial solution for not only our hospital but others in the state is to take advantage of the ACA’s provision to expand Medicaid. The federal government pays 90 cents on the dollar for this provision. Gov. Mead has argued that Wyoming should take advantage of this program. Unfortunately his advice has fallen on deaf legislative ears.

Candidate for governor, Mary Throne, and candidate for Senate District 21, Hollis Hackman, support expansion of Medicaid under the ACA. Doing so will reduce the burden of uncompensated care that our hospital bears. It will also facilitate those in need with timely care preventing unnecessary emergency treatment.

Jackie McMahan



‘What would Jesus say?’

Re: Hollis column, Sept. 8

“What would Jesus say?” The headline on the editorial page Sept. 8 by Laura Hollis. I would like to respond, not only what would Jesus say, but what would he be doing? He weeps! I weep; all faithful Roman Catholics weep.

There is absolutely no room in the church for the atrocities committed by the corrupt cronyism perpetrated on too many. Have we the faithful been betrayed? Yes! But so was Jesus by Judas, a handpicked apostle and so have the decent holy faithful priests, bishops and popes who have and are with us in everyday life.

Believe me, the verbal and emotional abuse by those who judge all because of these few corrupt is real and ongoing. We have now, at Holy Name Catholic Church, some of the finest and best priests we’ve ever had. Cupish of Chicago and Francis exasperate me and many of my fellow Catholics. Nothing at this time in history of the church should take precedence over cleaning out the “swamp” of corruption at every level in the church. The hypocrisy and lies need to be punished, not just a cushy exile for abusers.

Laura Hollis, thank you for your article. Truth needs to be the belt we wear as we go forth. I beg our Protestant brothers and sisters to pray for us. First Peter 4:17 “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God, and it it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

We are all under scrutiny and rightly so. Let us comfort one another in this time of cleansing, heartache and grief, remembering also that this kind of demon only comes out by prayers and fasting. I would like to put one of your scripture quotes in the context it was written, the full quote is Matthew 23:2-3. “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in the seat of Moses, therefore, whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works: for they say and do not do.”

Housecleaning has begun. A painful crucifixion comes before resurrection. Please, let us stand and be counted as faithful followers of Christ, our only hope.

Judy Radtke