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senate Bill S. 1961

Expanding Medicare and Medicaid into U.S. Territories

Argument in favor

U.S. territories like Puerto Rico rely on Medicare and Medicaid to give their elderly and poor access to health care. Those U.S. shouldn’t be disadvantaged under such critical programs, and deserve to be treated like states for those purposes.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/01/2015
It's amazing to me how many Republicans are for increasing the HUGE military budget, but think that this will cost to much, and we shouldn't expand services to help middle-low income families. They deserve the services of social programs that are used in the United States. Extending Medicare and Medicaid over to small territories such as Puerto Rico and Guam, will not cause a huge increase in expenses for the social program. Sadly, the way our healthcare is in the United States, thousands die yearly due to not being able to afford healthcare, and we should look at this, and provide as much healthcare to the people that cannot afford the insanely high health insurance rates, compared to Canada and European nations that provide low rates for healthcare, and provide healthcare as a human right.
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Mikeizzo1993's Opinion
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11/29/2015
Expanding healthcare to those in need is a fraction cost compared to what we waste on defense and corporate welfare.
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Leo's Opinion
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11/24/2015
They are American citizens with all rights, duties and privileges that entails.
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Argument opposed

A territory is not a state, and should be treated as such when federal funding from programs like Medicare and Medicaid is disbursed. Puerto Rico could choose to become a state on its own, which would solve the problem from its standpoint.

BTSundra's Opinion
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11/21/2015
They don't contribute to the program, and therefore should not be eligible for it whatsoever.
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LibertyForAll's Opinion
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12/30/2015
Between the existing entitlement programs, military spending and fledgling status of the US dollar as the World Reserve Currency. America can literally not afford to subsidize such a gamble.
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operaman's Opinion
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11/21/2015
Not a good idea. All our territories will stampede for services. More costs for taxpayers who supported Medicaid and Medicare from it's conception. These programs are doomed for insolvency in our near future anyway, so no. Besides, most of our territory are poor and couldn't support the current system.
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    It's amazing to me how many Republicans are for increasing the HUGE military budget, but think that this will cost to much, and we shouldn't expand services to help middle-low income families. They deserve the services of social programs that are used in the United States. Extending Medicare and Medicaid over to small territories such as Puerto Rico and Guam, will not cause a huge increase in expenses for the social program. Sadly, the way our healthcare is in the United States, thousands die yearly due to not being able to afford healthcare, and we should look at this, and provide as much healthcare to the people that cannot afford the insanely high health insurance rates, compared to Canada and European nations that provide low rates for healthcare, and provide healthcare as a human right.
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    They don't contribute to the program, and therefore should not be eligible for it whatsoever.
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    Expanding healthcare to those in need is a fraction cost compared to what we waste on defense and corporate welfare.
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    Between the existing entitlement programs, military spending and fledgling status of the US dollar as the World Reserve Currency. America can literally not afford to subsidize such a gamble.
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    They are American citizens with all rights, duties and privileges that entails.
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    If they're US citizens they should get all the services.
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    People in Puerto Rico and Guam should not be treated as second class.
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    They have the right to affordable healthcare
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    If they have American citizenship they are grated the rights and liberties (and therefore benefits). American territories hold primaries for President. What makes them so different from the citizens who live on the mainland (and Hawaii). An American is an American. They deserve all the benefits any other American possesses.
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    Not a good idea. All our territories will stampede for services. More costs for taxpayers who supported Medicaid and Medicare from it's conception. These programs are doomed for insolvency in our near future anyway, so no. Besides, most of our territory are poor and couldn't support the current system.
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    If Puerto Rico or other territories want to be treated like a state, then they should vote to become one. If they choose not to become a state then they are not entitled to funding that goes to states.
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    Territories should have rights
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    PR pays taxes for Medicare and Medicaid in full and so they should receive benefits in full.
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    Puerto Ricans already pay the same federal Medicare taxes as other Americans, so giving them the same Medicare benefits is only fair.
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    Just on the simplest facts of paying the same taxes gives them these rights.
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    They're Americans Too
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    Puerto Rico has had ample opportunity to push for statehood over the last several decades, and majorities have consistently polled for the status quo over statehood or independence - they presumably like their special benefits that states do not get. Well, there are downsides too. They should live with it, and start lobbying for a final change in status if they don't like it.
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    Territories don't contribute to the US treasury and therefore should not benefit from our hard earned funds
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    A territory is not a state, and should be treated as such when federal funding from programs like Medicare and Medicaid is disbursed. Puerto Rico could choose to become a state on its own, which would solve the problem from its standpoint.
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    If they contribute to these services and become States then they can get those benefits.
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