Jenifer Wynne, Grand Forks, letter: Medicare is a useful and necessary expenseWhile entitlements take up about 65 percent of the federal budget, lowering that percentage by capping Medicare spending seems very risky.
By: Jenifer Wynne,
GRAND FORKS — While entitlements take up about 65 percent of the federal budget, lowering that percentage by capping Medicare spending seems very risky.
For example, what if a cap was reached before the end of a fiscal budget year? The result would be aged men and women struggling to find money to pay expensive medical bills.
It’s bad enough when commercial insurance companies set lifetime limits on the dollar amount they’ll cover.
Remember when budget delays hurt veterans’ hospitals and clinics year after year? Those delays caused a lot of stress for our already-stressed armed servicemembers when they came home from war in need of medical attention.
Do you recall the stories about these noble men and women, stories in which the veterans told how they were struggling with what were supposed to be covered medical bills? But because our representatives in Congress couldn’t get a bill passed, the medical bills of those veterans sat in limbo.
Now it seems that this scenario play out in Medicare, which — with Medicaid — is the largest insurer in the U.S. and covers nearly 40 million Americans.
It is a disaster waiting to happen.
The Medicare budget is $489.3 billion. By contrast, the U.S. has spent some $900 billion on the Iraq war.
If you agree that it is more important to take care of the our country’s elderly people – people who paid into Medicare for decades with the promise they would have access to that program when they needed it — then please take action. Our elected representatives need to hear what we, the American people, want.