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Letter: Time to listen to the facts

Posted: August 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, you printed two letters. These are my responses.

First, in response to “It’s a spending problem,” by Rob Kerchner: It is not always a good idea to write a comment when you ignore the facts.

First, only Congress actually can authorize any agency to spend money. Why, when you talk about the president spending money, do you ignore the seven years from 2002-2008 that Mr. Bush created and paid for two wars without ever including these amounts in the budget, which created a major part of the deficit that currently exists?

In response to “Diverting the truth” by Gary Hebdon: Congressman Paul Ryan has proposed making changes to Medicare that will be devastating to the senior population of this country. The congressional budget office has already said that the medical plan proposed by President Obama and passed by Congress will save money within the next 10 years.

The “pet health project” you refer to is a Medicare-associated project. One purpose is to prevent the very profitable private health insurance companies from denying coverage to Americans, which they can currently do without this program.

For your information, the Medicare program as it exists today is the most efficiently run medical insurance operation in this country. The Affordable Care Act, as it is titled, will provide an opportunity for people — especially those who lost their jobs and insurance — to obtain affordable insurance again without fear of bankruptcy.

This creation of the Affordable Care Act is something that presidents back to Kennedy having been trying to accomplish. The United States of America up until now has been the only major Western country not to have some form of affordable health care for all of its citizens.

One more thing: I am one of the senior citizens who has seen wonderful benefits from Medicare and look forward to eventually having still lower costs and better service.


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