September 25, 2013

Durbin Considers Poverty ‘Good News’

Qualifying for Medicaid is worthy of celebration.

Sen. Dick Durbin offered this response to Ted Cruz today in the Senate:

“One of the reasons that I voted for health care reform – and am proud that I did – was illustrated by a woman that I met in southern Illinois. … This woman’s name is Judy, and Judy is a housekeeper at a motel that I often go to, and we’ve become friends. Judy has worked her whole life in manual labor. She’s been everything you can imagine – cook, a waitress, housekeeper, all of these thing. She’s 62 years old.

Judy told me that she’d never had health insurance one day in her life – ever. She worked every single day that she could, but she never had health insurance.

But the good news for Judy is that her income is so low that she now qualifies for Medicaid for the first time in her life.”

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