Do you support candidate Elizabeth Warren’s plans?
A recent poll showed Sen. Elizabeth Warren in first place among Democrats in Iowa, where the party will hold its first presidential nominating caucus in February. Warren is known for her detailed policy plans and is a supporter of raising the federal minimum wage, free college tuition at public colleges and Medicare for All. She often says “the system is rigged,” and offers proposals to end political corruption. Do you support her proposals?
We should raise minimum wage but forget Medicare for All
Sharing top space in recent election polls, progressive Democrat Elizabeth Warren has come up with a number of exciting programs for voters approaching the 2020 elections. Before Sounding Board members are three proposals — one of which I totally support, one that I partially support and the third I am totally against.
I strongly believe that the federal minimum wage should be increased to $15 within a reasonable future time. I also believe that future students enrolling in two-year community colleges should be able to receive a 50% reduction in tuition (with satisfactory grades) and fees, etc. but not boarding at the college. Not everyone belongs in college.
I believe that Medicare for those 55 and older could be a sound program, because so many folks over 55 have problems reentering the job force with medical benefits and having more medical problems. But Medicare For all — a one-payer system — is not appropriate because of its outlandish cost. Thomas C. Miller Bethlehem
Warren is right that system is rigged against middle class
While I don’t agree with everything Warren says, her claim that the system is rigged is spot-on.
For 40 years now, Republicans have been pushing the theory that as the rich get richer and big business becomes even bigger, the wealth will allegedly “trickle down” to the middle class and poor. What has happened instead is the rich just accumulate more of this nation’s wealth and the people on the bottom of this pyramid scheme end up having to work ever harder just to stay even. The latest figures I’ve heard are that the richest 1 percent owns more of this nation’s wealth than the bottom 90 percent.
Donald’s Trump’s 2017 tax cut, which was all but a Christmas gift to big business and the rich (including himself ), has only accelerated this disparity. Yes, a few companies here and there have given relatively minor bonuses and pay increases. But they’re minuscule compared to the wealth the rich and big business are raking in. And has happened with all other Republican tax cuts, the federal deficit is growing rapidly (towards a trillion dollars despite a good economy).
This country has already experienced the detrimental effect of having a small group of people controlling most of the wealth, the economy and government. The number of poor grows rapidly and the middle class shrinks ever smaller. Timothy Gruber Salisbury Township
Taxes would jump to pay health care and college plans
It is difficult to understand how promises of free health care for all and no tuition for state colleges will manage to survive without taxes escalating. Many individuals do not contribute to this wonderful promise of “free education and health care.”
Our current Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed, as cost continue to rise for everyone. How can we offer Medicare for all?
Minimum wages need to be improved, but not doubled as this will just promote all wages to increase and create the same status to evolve. Costs will elevate, and skilled or professionals making the same wage as minimum will see pay increases; thus we fall back into the same pattern. Doris Farrar Lower Macungie Township
Let’s fix Affordable Care Act instead of starting over
Senator Warren has some good and some bad ideas. Raising the federal minimum wage is a good one. Free public college tuition and “Medicare for All” are not.
With free college tuition, people have “no skin in the game,” which encourages reduced effort. Some students should not be in college, but “free” might entice them there. Others might party rather than study. Both happen now, but in a free situation the numbers would multiply. A limited debt forgiveness system exists now, but it is difficult to qualify for it; so it needs fixing.
Medicare is not full coverage. Most people buy supplemental or Advantage plans run by private insurance companies to cover what Medicare does not. Many other countries have similar arrangements, often with both public (low cost) and private (patients pay more) providers. Several Canadian friends tell us non-critical treatment including diagnostic testing can take far longer than in the U.S.
Rather than starting all over, fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act. Put the penalty for not signing up back in. Make the penalty much bigger to discourage not signing up. Address the prescription drug problem. Douglas Marsh Salisbury Township
Great talking points that come at our expense
What great talking points that all come at our expense.
1. The minimum wage wasn’t raised since 2009, when her party held office. Now she wants to propose $15 per hour. This should have been done gradually over the years. Employers that can afford this are already paying this rate. But she fails to care about businesses that can’t do this.
2. At what price will college be free? You are responsible for your debt that you created, so perhaps choose another path that you can afford.
3. Elizabeth Warren needs to be asked whatever happened to “unaffordable health care” that they passed and praised? Where is her fix for this plan? It’s not on the radar, as they now switched to Medicare for All.” Absolutely not. Charlotte Schall Whitehall Township
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., makes a pinkie promise with Molly Chant, 5, of Henniker, N.H., at a campaign event in Keene, N.H.