We need single-player Medicaid for all plan, not ‘Trump Don’t Care’ | Letter

The current plan of Republicans in Congress (what I call “Trump Don’t Care”) to deprive at least 24 million people in this nation of health care, all just to give even more money to the rich, is unconscionable. Experts on the budget predict out-of-pocket expenses will massively increase because companies will shift prices to employees. The proposed cuts to Medicaid will hurt people who are already financially struggling. Their plan significantly weakens Medicare. It lops three years off the lifespan of the Medicare hospital fund in order to give an enormous tax break exclusively to people earning over $200,000 a year. Their plan will not do anything to address ever-increasing prices for prescription medicines. Meanwhile, the very people pushing this garbage receive excellent health care for themselves and their own families, while throwing almost everyone else (except the wealthiest one percent) under the bus. Congress should work to create a single-payer, Medicare-for-all program like Bernie Sanders wanted, since health care is a basic human right.

Brandon Juhl

Bothell

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