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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I was in the supermarket the other day and the young person in front of me was speaking to the cashier in Spanish, and I noticed that he was buying four one-quart ice cream boxes. The total price was about $15 and he gave the cashier a “blue” Benefits/Medicaid card — with a picture of a woman on it. The cashier didn’t say anything about the picture on the card being a woman; she just processed the purchase. I noticed that the total amount he had to pay was zero.

My questions are:

1. Why did the cashier accept a card from a young man (in his twenties) when there is a picture of a woman on it?

2. I thought the “blue” Benefits/Medicaid card was for impoverished people and could only be used for food. Is ice cream now considered food?

3. Why are my tax dollars being used to pay for people to buy ice cream?

4. Why are “illegal” aliens allowed to get a ‘blue’ Benefits/Medicaid card and get food, prescriptions, hospital/doctor visits, hearing aids, glasses, etc. for free? While I, a person who is 80 years old and has been paying taxes all my life, must pay for all these things? Why are my taxes being used to pay for all these free benefits (including ice cream)?

Can anyone answer these questions? No wonder the United States is in such a financial mess!

Andrea Farmer
Jackson Heights

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