On Medi­care? Don’t vote for Den­ham

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

If you are count­ing on Medi­care to cover your health­care costs, think twice be­fore vot­ing for Jeff Den­ham. Repub­li­can bills and bud­gets threaten to in­crease health in­sur­ance costs for se­niors.

This year, Repub­li­can con­gres­sional lead­ers pro­posed $537 bil­lion in cuts to Medi­care over the next decade. To save money, they will in­crease the age of el­i­gi­bil­ity, ex­tend­ing the time se­niors spend on pri­vate plans. They would pro­vide vouch­ers to se­niors to en­roll in pri­vate plans. That’s odd be­cause Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries are more sat­is­fied with their plans than those in pri­vate plans. Repub­li­can leg­is­la­tion would in­crease the costs of pri­vate plans for se­niors, too. Last year’s House bill al­lowed in­sur­ance com­pa­nies to in­crease the in­sur­ance rates for those over 50. AARP es­ti­mated that will in­crease se­niors’ pre­mi­ums $3,000. Yet Jeff Den­ham voted yes for that bill.

Josh Harder will work to re­duce waste­ful spend­ing, not in­crease costs to his con­stituents.

– Anna Roberts, Modesto

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.