Vote With Health Care In Mind

October 21, 2018 GMT

Editor: Health care is the single issue most important to Americans right now, according to the polls, but it has received very little public attention amid the chaos and dysfunction of Donald Trump’s Washington. Look at what’s been happening behind the scenes. If you are a senior, be aware that a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has already approved a 2019 budget calling for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Why? House Speaker Paul Ryan cites the need to offset the deficit created by the GOP tax scam which gave 83 percent of the benefit to the top 1 percent of earners. Who gets to pay for it? — Those of us millionaire gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner calls “greedy geezers.” Republicans know this will be massively unpopular, so don’t expect the full House — or Senate — to take it up until after the election. There’s a good chance it won’t come to the floor of either chamber until 2019, a very good reason to vote for Democrats Matt Cartwright and Bob Casey and Denny Wolff. And non-seniors need to pay attention to the relentless Trump administration attacks on the Affordable Care Act and the consumer protections it provides. Particularly troublesome are the implications for those who the insurance company decides have pre-existing conditions. One of the most nefarious attacks is again permitting the sale of the “junk” policies which were outlawed under Obamacare. They are attractive because they are cheap but they are cheap because coverage is often a limited. For example, one such plan does not cover hospital care on Fridays or Saturdays. Do you really want to return to the bad old days and eliminate core consumer protections? This election gives us the chance to head this off by electing Democratic candidates to Congress. John Wills RICE TWP.