Medicare For All Is Bad Medicine

December 27, 2018

Editor: As a senior citizen, I am deeply troubled with the direction of the Democratic Party. Throughout the 2018 mid-term election, Democrats across Pennsylvania were largely united around a proposal to fundamentally change health care for millions of working Americans while simultaneously changing a program millions of seniors like myself rely on — Medicare for all. The congressman representing the majority of Luzerne County, Matt Cartwright, is a co-sponsor of the House version of this legislation. This proposal would establish a government-run, single-payer health care system that eliminates all private and employer-based insurance, eliminates the popular Medicare Advantage program, and costs the American people nearly $33 trillion over 10 years. To put the price tag into perspective, the entire United States budget for fiscal year 2019 is $4.407 trillion. Additionally, the U.S. Senate version of Medicare for all covers anyone who is a resident of the United States which could include those who are in the country illegally, potentially forcing legal American seniors to compete with undocumented immigrants for health care benefits. Medicare for all is bad medicine. It eliminates choices for seniors like myself, denies American workers the ability to keep the health care they currently enjoy through their employer and has an astronomical price tag that will be paid for by increased taxes. As a new Congress is sworn in next year, I encourage Matt Cartwright to re-evaluate his support for this flawed program and instead look to solutions that increase choices and lower costs for American health care consumers. Rose Ann Gaetano SCRANTON

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