Do you sup­port can­di­date El­iz­a­beth War­ren’s plans?

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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

ELISE AMENDOLA/AP

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.

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