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May 24, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

The Medicare system is broken

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I’m self employed and pay more than $500 a month for mediocre health care insurance with minimal dental coverage and no vision coverage. My yearly deductible is $3,000 and there are co-pays for everything.

My wife is on Medicare and we pay an extra $100 a month for supplemental insurance to cover what Medicare doesn’t — and there are co-pays for most care.

Medicare, without changes, cannot survive intact into the future. The Affordable Care Act will bring more people health care insurance but does little to nothing to control the rising costs of Medicare.

The discussion about the debt and deficits cannot end with the cost of health care, but it needs to start there. The ACA isn’t a good answer to the problem and neither is leaving the system as it is.

One party wants to tinker with our present system and the other wants to add more people into the system without really addressing the constantly rising cost issue. These are both failed strategies. When are we going to admit the obvious and demand a better answer from those we elect?

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