By John Oglevie
Recently, my wife Anne and I went to Cambodia with the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.
We helped deliver 150 bicycles to children who lived up to 15 miles from school and have no public transportation available. A bicycle allows the child daily access to school which keeps them on the road to getting an education. All each child had to do was promise to keep going to school.
It felt humbling to witness the joy and excitement these kids felt. We were helping people who were doing everything they can to help themselves.
Governor Brad Little has signed a bill adding work rules to the Medicaid expansion program. Thousands of letters, phone calls and emails asked him to veto it, but to no avail.
I do not understand our legislators’ philosophy of tax cuts for people who do not need them versus requiring those in the insurance gap, to prove their worthiness through additional steps before receiving affordable healthcare. We will spend millions setting up a new bureaucracy to catch a few cheaters. To me this makes absolutely no sense.
The teachers in Cambodia selected which students would receive a bike. Using our state legislature model, we should have conducted additional interviews of the parents and children to assure ourselves that both were committed to their child’s continuing education. Suppose we found ten families that failed the interview. They just wanted a bike. We could have held back ten bikes. But at what cost? Extra days in the field as well as interpreters to conduct the interviews of the children and their parents alike.
Idahoans voted to help those that are doing everything they can to help themselves. Additional tests are not needed – all at a cost of millions of dollars to catch the few that ‘just want the bike.’