Don’t trust Trump, GOP on health care

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s col­umn in USA TO­DAY on “Medi­care for All” is an at­tempt to fool the en­tire na­tion and dis­tract from the re­peated sab­o­tage of the Af­ford­able Care Act that he and Repub­li­cans con­tinue to push de­spite their con­stituents’ loud protests.

From re­fus­ing to de­fend pro­tec­tions for peo­ple with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions to ex­pand­ing junk in­surance plans that hurt con­sumers and don’t even of­fer cov­er­age of ba­sic ser­vices, Trump and the GOP have done every­thing in their power to un­der­mine the ACA.

Ac­cess to af­ford­able health care is a top con­cern for vot­ers of both par­ties ahead of midterm elec­tions, but con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans and Trump have only worked to un­der­cut that ac­cess. Trump’s col­umn isn’t about pre­serv­ing health care; it’s just an­other des­per­ate at­tempt at fear-mon­ger­ing, as vot­ers re­peat­edly voice their con­cerns. Mar­garida Jorge, strate­gic con­sul­tant Health Care For Amer­ica Now Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Can some­one point me to the ar­ti­cle in the Con­sti­tu­tion that guar­an­tees health in­surance as a right? Or the one that says the gov­ern­ment will pro­vide it for you just for turn­ing a magic num­ber? I’ve looked all through my copy and can’t seem to find it. John Tor­torici

The free mar­ket, along with com­pe­ti­tion, will lower health care prices nat­u­rally. Any­one should un­der­stand that, and what a gov­ern­ment health pro­gram would cost us all. If hos­pi­tals passed on all billing to our gov­ern­ment, only God knows how much they would charge over what is truly needed. Universal health care would crip­ple Amer­ica. Jim Bradley

So-called Medi­care for All would re­sult in less care for all. Democrats know that and they don’t care, at all. Ray­mond Kevin Halpern

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