It is hard to believe that our nation celebrated Medicare's 50th anniversary just over a year ago, yet there is now a movement in Congress to drastically change this successful program.
Don't be fooled. The push for a Medicare voucher system, sometimes called premium support, is an effort to shift costs onto 785,398 Coloradans enrolled in Medicare; a number that is quickly rising. In other words, our seniors will be paying more to receive needed medical care - if you can even afford it under a voucher system and if access is granted (no guarantee). More people will be forced to choose between health care and other necessities. Currently the average Colorado senior with an annual income of $25,000 spends about one of every three dollars on health care. Getting sick will become riskier than ever.
When he was running for president, Donald Trump pledged to protect Medicare and recognized its importance to older Americans who depend on it. We are now depending on Congress to stand by President Trump's promise to protect Medicare.
Rising healthcare costs are a problem for Americans of all ages and political views. A solution needs to be responsibly addressed. Our nation has been well served by a strong Medicare program that keeps care affordable for seniors. A proposed voucher system would dramatically increase costs for older Americans at a time in life when they least can afford it. Please consider engaging in this conversation by voicing your views to our Representatives and Senators. It is important to our seniors and the younger generations.
Shirley J Leow,