Here are Letters to the Editor for November 17, 2016
After less than one-week since the election, we are hearing that a top priority of Paul Ryan is the conversion of Medicare from a government run program, with relatively low overhead, to a voucher program run by for-profit insurance companies. For profit means just that: another layer of bureaucracy with monies skimmed off for executives and share holders, and less money directed to those using the system for health care. These private companies cannot further reduce payments to health care providers; ask your family doc how well they are reimbursed for their services today. Many refuse Medicare patients now and I can imagine what is coming.
I need a Trump voter to explain how this is going to work for me. I enjoy Medicare, but it does not fully cover the costs of my health care and so I need to purchase supplemental coverage at considerable cost. With that, a broken hip and torn rotator cuff were manageable this past year. I’m not optimistic about the future.