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Pa. to pay $25 for free dental exams

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  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Here in Pa. the Governor Tom Corbett (R) and DHS and Gateway Health have agreed to have a certain demographic on welfare (18 to 34 year old single mothers) to receive a $ 25 gift card from Wal-Mart if they would take advantage of the free dental exam and dental care that is provided for them but most do not take advantage of it, the idea is that preventive care via dental exams would prevent a much larger expense from an undetected gum or mouth disease, this gift card would be for each individual family member. Quite a few people here in Pa. are upset about this. Any comments on here.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    It's probably better than having the state to pay to fix their teeth later on and it may help them learn better, healthier habits. It's a win, win as far as I'm concerned! Are you upset that the poor are getting something for nothing and you're not?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    No, what pisses me off as well as others is the fact we( taxpayers ) are now having to pay someone for services that they get for free, I don't have a problem with the free part, my problem is that now they need a monetary incentive to be able to take of themselves and their children, and what do you think they will buy at Wal-Mart, tooth paste, floss, maybe a little mouth wash , you and I both know the answer to that, so I guess giving someone a twenty five dollar gift card for each and every child will now make them more aware of their childrens dental needs. yeah right. BTW, what's later on mean, 5, 10, 15 years down the road, do they expect to stay on the Government plan until they are adults.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Do they get a large bag of candy with that exam? Why not, Dentists are finding lucrative careers in replacing teeth.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    But, the whole reason they are on the dole (as you say) is because our society has failed them? No jobs, poor education and no hope at all for many of these people. Why do you think they turn to guns, theft and violence? Because we never have supported them and allowed them to become self-sufficient, that's why.

    When government (society) fails to take care of the disadvantaged they end up paying for it in other ways and that includes, crime, drugs and an unhealthy, sick population that we all pay for. Nothing is cheaper than helping someone pull themselves up and it doesn't happen all at once. When you have Tea Party, Christian, Americans out there who believe poverty is a punishment for laziness rather than the result of society not doing their job you end up with what we have today.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I never said they were on the dole, I believe in assisting someone when they are down or incapable of sustaining themselves, but to agree pay someone as a incentive to get free preventive care is a bit much, what will be the incentive for any follow up care, another gift card? There is an old adage that goes "When Opportunity knocks, you still have to get up and answer the door", paying off or bribing someone to take care of their own children is more along the lines of enabling rather helping.