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January 18, 2012

LTE: Be aware there’s another attempt to get rid of Medicare

DUNCAN — Be aware there’s another attempt  to get rid of Medicare

To the Editor:

Here we go again — another attempt to get rid of Medicare. I’m sorry to report Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat from Oregon, is co-sponsor of this attempt. He forgets it was the seniors of his home state that were the driving force behind his election to the U.S. House and later the Senate (another good argument for term limits).

As reported by Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, the Wyden/Ryan Bill will “... still shift costs to many seniors, making many of those who wish to remain in the traditional Medicare program pay sharply higher premiums or forcing them to move to a private plan that provides lower quality care or less choice of providers. While the plan provides seniors a “choice” of traditional Medicare, in reality it’s a false choice for many which jeopardizes their economic security.”

Under the Wyden/Ryan plan, private insurance companies would have the ability to “cherry pick” the most healthy applicants, causing traditional Medicare to have to raise their premiums on people not able to find affordable private providers.

Regardless of the nay-sayers, traditional Medicare has several advantages such as pricing power, low administrative costs (no millions paid to management) and production of more efficient health care products.

What the opponents of Medicare fear is when the Affordable Health Care Act is fully implemented in 2014, the cost reductions will not justify attempts to do away with Medicare as we know it. Cost reductions will provide everyone qualifying for Medicare better health care (i.e. annual physical exams) and a wide range of affordable policies. I wonder how Medicare’s legislative opponents will “spin” that?

There is a complete copy of the Affordable Health Care Act at the Stephens County Democratic Office in Duncan.

 

Kenneth Wells

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