Yesterday I published a post about Paul Ryan’s desire to kill Medicare as we know it. I believe that this is the first battle where we need to make Republicans own their legislative agenda. This morning I sent the following letter to my Representative and Senators:
November 16, 2016
The Honorable [Name of Your Congressional Member]
[Address in Congress]
Dear [Mr./Mrs. Last Name of Your Congressional Member]
I am writing concerning the possibility of changes to the Medicare program under a Republican controlled Congress.
Recently, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said that changes to Medicare are forthcoming because of probably repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In the past the changes to Medicare suggested in many of Speaker Ryan’s published legislative agendas, including “A Better Way” which was available on the speaker’s website as of the writing of this letter, would entail the essential destruction of a program that provides the single most important safety net for this nation’s seniors.
Providing a voucher or premium support is an essentially useless legislative sleight of hand that will leave many seniors without any health coverage and for the lucky few who are able to purchase coverage in the private marketplace their policies will provide substantially lower benefits.
If and when the Affordable Care Act is repealed by a Republican Congressional majority and signed by a President Trump the ability of insurance companies to deny someone coverage based on a pre-existing condition and impose lifetime caps on coverage will be allowed. What senior can say that they have no pre-existing conditions which would deny them coverage? What senior looking at potentially more than twenty years of retirement can say that they will likely not meet coverage caps?
Furthermore, one of the great rallying cries in opposition to the passage of the Affordable Care Act was that it would fundamentally change Medicare. It is ironic that now we are facing a legislative agenda that is more hostile to the idea of Medicare as we know it than any version of the Affordable Care act could ever have been.
Do you support changes to Medicare?
You should do the same and continue to do so until you hear a response from your Congressional members. I am going to send letters to their offices in Washington D.C. and at home. I am going to send e-mails every day.
Send it via the U.S. Postal Service. Send it via e-mail. Send it via a god damned singing telegram for all that I care, but make sure that Congress understands that we will not stand for a dystopian America where our social safety net is gutted to satisfy the desires of the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist.