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Health care entitlements are bankrupting country

A recent letter writer complained of her Medicare Advantage premium going up $36 per month and implied that Obamacare was supposed to lower her premiums. I wonder where she got this information. Obamacare was not designed to help people on Medicare or Medicaid – it was designed to provide health insurance to those who would otherwise go without: people without employer-sponsored health insurance, the unemployed or those who cannot afford health care coverage. People on Medicare or Medicaid are already covered.

As for the Medicare Advantage premium going up, the letter writer should look to her fellow seniors for an answer. They are the ones who smoked, drank, ate too much and exercised too little. It is their unhealthy living habits that have likely fueled the increase. If the increased costs are not passed on to the current beneficiaries, who will pay for them? Taxpayers who are less than 65 years of age (i.e. the “makers”) who are already paying for the benefits of the current seniors?

In case you haven’t heard, the country is going broke, partially due to health care entitlements – Medicare and Medicaid. When the Republicans in Congress talk about entitlement reform, please understand that they are talking about cutting your entitlements – this includes both Medicare and Medicaid.

Carol Syposs

Orchard Park