Un­cap the rich

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

When talk­ing about Medi­care and health­care, no one men­tions re­mov­ing the cap for the rich’s con­tri­bu­tion to Medi­care, So­cial Se­cu­rity. We should pay into those sys­tems as long as we work. The mid­dle class has sup­ported the govern­ment all these years, and it is time for the top class to do its share. They got a tax break un­der Pres­i­dent Bush be­cause they were sup­posed to pro­duce jobs. That did not hap­pen. The tax re­duc­tion did not work. They get too many breaks when it comes to the taxes they pay. The mid­dle and poor classes pay 100% of taxes on their earn­ings. The peo­ple who are on So­cial Se­cu­rity who are too el­derly or phys­i­cally un­able to work do not get any pay­ment in­crease. Their rent, gro­ceries, util­i­ties, health­care, gaso­line and the rest of liv­ing ex­penses go up. The value of the dol­lar is di­min­ished, so how in the world can they af­ford to live? Are we putting them back to eat­ing dog and cat food to live? Do we want to sen­tence them to death be­cause they can­not af­ford to pay doc­tor bills? They can hardly ex­ist. If Congress and the pres­i­dent were se­ri­ous about mak­ing health­care af­ford­able to ev­ery­one, we would have a pub­lic op­tion that would pro­vide that care. But no— we must pro­tect the in­surance com­pa­nies that are de­stroy­ing our health­care. There are many ways to im­prove if we could get the money and lob­by­ists out of the equa­tion Char­lotte Rund­gren

Pur­cel­lville, Va.

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