Letter: Don’t believe federal promises

There has been much complaining about recent cuts to our state budget. No one is happy with cuts to health care and education. It is my understanding that these cuts were necessary because the federal government cut its Medicaid payment to the state.

It’s interesting to me that those same individuals who are complaining about state budget cuts cannot understand why Gov. Bobby Jindal will not expand Medicaid under Obamacare. The federal government has promised to pay 100 percent of the costs of this expansion for the first three years and then 90 percent in later years. Anyone who actually believes this, is naive at best.

Many are also upset that the state of Louisiana will not set up medical exchanges and is leaving it up to the federal government to do so. It’s time that our residents realize that the federal government cannot keep its promises. Numbers don’t lie.

There is not enough money available, no matter how much you raise taxes, for the federal government to pay for all of this. Those who look to the federal government as their sugar daddy need to realize that the sugar daddy is broke. The federal government will continue to make promises it cannot keep and push that burden on to the states. We need to face reality.

P.M. Davis

office administrator

Baton Rouge