, Kingston, NH

July 11, 2013

Courage or Callousness?

Carriage Towne News

---- — Courage or Callousness?

I have heard many arguments against the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. But until now I did not know that it takes courage to deny health care to the poor. That is, until I read the recent letter from the gentleman in Exeter (”Courage,” Carriage Towne News, June 27).

I know that political people like to play around with the usual meanings of words (Greed is good. Corporations are people.) But we should heed what George Orwell had to say about such distortions: “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.”

The letter writer wants our legislators to refuse to expand the Medicaid program in New Hampshire and that all it takes is a little “courage.” But when you deny someone access to the necessities of life simply because they are too poor, is that courage or callousness?

Most of us do not like to think of ourselves as being callous or cruel, so it feels much better if we convince ourselves that our actions are noble. But when we do so, we are using political language and ultimately deluding ourselves.

The expansion of Medicaid is the generous act of a humane people. Our refusal to do so would be callous and cruel---certainly not courageous.

Gene Baldwin