In reading the letter to the editor in the Aug. 15 edition of the Mountain Democrat regarding Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal, I am not sure if the writer was just quoting the Democrat party talking points or purposely trying to mislead the public. I take this opportunity to correct several points that the writer made.
1. Being 76 years old, the writer and any other person over 55 years old, Medicare will not change under the Ryan proposal.
2. The Obamacare as it is written takes $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for other parts of Obamacare. That in and of itself will reduce the level of care that is available in Medicare for seniors that already depend on it for care.
3. There have never been exclusions from Medicare for pre-existing conditions.
4. The voucher program is optional and will not affect those who do not choose to take part in it.
By taking $716 billion out of Medicare it will force doctors to choose a lower level of service for the elderly. Finally, Medicare as we know it as well as Social Security is not sustainable at their current structure. Some changes have to be made in the funding and definition of benefit in order for there to be a benefit for the younger generation. Nobody’s plan, whether it be Democrat or Republican, is supposed to affect existing SS or Medicare users. I hope to see less half-truth and more facts in these letters in the future.