We deserve better health care
To the editor:
We deserve government policies that meet our real and urgent needs for good-paying jobs and affordable health insurance.But some current proposals are actually harmful.
In his constituent letter dated April 29, our U.S. Congressman, Greg Walden, said, "You deserve a fact-based conversation on the budget."And he repeatedly assured us that, "I understand fairness. That is why our budget does not propose any changes to Medicare. . . for those 55 and older."
Instead of being mollified because the Republican Medicare plan doesn't
affect me, I believe that those of us now 55 and older have a
responsibility to join fully in this debate.To me, real fairness would
require that those now under 55 andndash; our children, grandchildren, and
great-grandchildren andndash; will receive excellent, affordable health care as
they become elderly.And this will not be achieved by handing them
limited-value vouchers that each year pay an ever-smaller share of
private insurance premiums. They should not be forced to shoulder many
trillions of dollars of added expense for unnecessary, wasteful,
Currently, the United States of America has twice the health care
expense per person than do other industrialized nations, and we get
poorer health outcomes.So, there's plenty of money around to pay for
excellent health care for all citizens, if we had, say, improved
Medicare for all.
Waldenboasted that his budget would cut $6.2 trillion in spending over
the next decade, which slashes government employees and services, and
forgoes any real hope of new job creation.But a "fact-based
conversation" would tell us that his budget actually results in annual
budget deficits each year for the next 28 years.Why?Because it also
funnels more money to the top elite, with an unbelievable $2.9 trillion
in additional tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.
Walden's budget is actually just part of an ongoing, ideological attack
on Medicare and government in general, this time wrapped up in an
overblown deficit-reduction scare campaign that benefits only those who
already have most of the money. We deserve much better.Let's join
together to create practical solutions that work for everyone.