We need Medicare, Social Security

Amy Kinosian says much we all need to hear in her letter to the Mukwonago Public Forum

We need Medicare, Social Security

To the editor,

Seniors, beware!

Congress is currently considering changes to both Medicare and Social Security that will cost seniors thousands of dollars each year. Paul Ryan has proposed turning Medicare into a voucher program — Medicare would be eliminated, and seniors (or their children) would have to shop for private insurance each year. The government would give each senior a “coupon” for income-based reductions in premium costs; however, this plan would require seniors to pay thousands of dollars each year in premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

One study estimated that this plan would double the amount that seniors pay for health care costs each year! Simultaneously, Ryan wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would allow insurance companies to again refuse to insure people with preexisting conditions (like most seniors) and set maximum limits on coverage.

The head of the House subcommittee responsible for Social Security just recommended that cost-of-living increases be reduced and that benefits for middle income seniors be cut. Ryan also supports privatizing Social Security, which would require seniors to depend on Wall Street hedge fund managers to manage the “safe” portion of our retirement plans. If this had been in place in 2008 when the recession hit, millions of seniors would have lost their entire retirement savings.

People forget that there was a time when millions of American seniors lived in poverty, alone or with their children. Let Congress know that these two programs should be fixed, not destroyed.

Amy Kinosian


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