To the Editor:
Democrats running for office talk about health care in over half their ads. Republicans, sensing this is a bigger political issue than their tax cuts for the rich, are seeing an increase in their own health care ads. Unfortunately, after almost 60 attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act, their rhetoric sounds rather hollow.
The President used an Op Ed in USA Today to point out that the Democrats Medicare for All would be a disaster. He pointed out a libertarians claim that it would cost the government over $32 trillion during the next 10 years. The conservative publication, Business Insider, said that’s actually a $2 trillion savings over what the current system would cost going forward. There would be noticeable savings to consumers as costs would be contained.
Historically, Medicare administrative costs are about 3 percent compared to 15 percent for private industry. Plus it’s an option for people, not a mandate. If you want private insurance you can pay for it just like you do today. You would be hard pressed to find a person 65+ who doesn’t like Medicare.
The current administration and Congress has offered nothing to date dealing with health care except to subject the ACA websites to undergo periodic closings for updates during the upcoming sign up period causing people to be very upset. While the President is touring the country touting his position on protecting people’s access to health care who have pre-existing conditions, there are 21 Republican States Attorneys who are currently in court to eliminate that last piece of the Affordable Care Act. The American Health Insurance Plans, a trade group for health insurers says the loss of that protection would lead to over 130 million covered people to experience further financial hardship. The GOP has done nothing to make the health care market more stable.
The President is touting his plan to save Medicare. He brags that he is reversing the so called $800 billion cut in the Medicare budget over the next 10 years. His solution was a $1.2 trillion tax cut to corporations and wealthy individuals, further weakening governments ability to maintain the system. People will not remember their little $500 tax cut, but they will remember their continued 10 percent plus premium increases.