Letter to the Editor

Opposing Medicare for all

Sunday, May 19, 2019

To the Editor:

The best way to counter the Progressives’ ability to continue recruiting support for this dangerous program, Medicare for all, is to get the facts out to the public, which include:

1. Outlaws private insurance: We need to let the public know this program will outlaw private and supplemental insurance. We will be totally dependent on government bureaucrats for our health needs.

2. Closing hospitals and fewer doctors: We need to let the public know that Medicare already underpays hospitals and doctors. Many hospitals will not survive. Americans will have to compete for hospital beds. The lower reimbursements of doctors will mean fewer doctors will continue to practice. Many bright young people will choose other professions. This will mean long waits and fewer choices in doctors.

3. Fewer breakthroughs for drugs and treatments: There will be less money for research. This means that hopeful cures for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases will remain just that: a someday hope for other countries to solve.

4. Medicare already headed for bankruptcy and rationing: The cold hard fact [is] that Medicare is going broke and expanding it will only speed up its demise. The only option to slow bankruptcy will be to ration care, particularly for the elderly and sick whose medical care is often more expensive.

5. Absurdly high taxes and taking money from other priorities: For numerous years, American have seen how, once a government program gets going, its cost skyrockets. The rosy projections [of] the Progressives are no more truthful than the last time we heard, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” The Urban Institute projected Medicare for all would increase federal spending by $2.5 trillion annually. Federal tax collection would have to be raised a whopping 70 percent! Bernie Sanders proposes to pay [for] his Medicare for all plan with a 7.5 percent payroll tax. That is an enormous tax increase. This tax increase will hurt every American and we will still need more funding annually.

We need to ask ourselves if this is what we want for our children and our grandchildren, with no chance of retreating to private insurance when things go badly, as they surely will. Take a long hard look at how this kind of health care fares in Socialist countries. Let our representatives know where you stand on this issue.

Stella Adcock

Wartrace