Voters face major election choice 
when it comes to fixing Medicare

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Four items in Sunday’s Sentinel – AP’s reports that “Ryan misstated claim of running 3 hour marathon” and “Matthews plays over-the-top hardball with Republicans”,  Kathleen Parker’s “Romney offered a clearer picture of who he is in Thursday speech”, and Michael Pramenko’s “Voters face major election choice when it comes to fixing Medicare” – offer “food for thought”.

Ryan lied about his marathon time (by over an hour) in a nationally televised interview.

The “clearer picture” offered by Romney omitted any reference to “RomneyCare” – nor corrected the record regarding Romney-Ryan’s falsehoods about the Affordable Care Act, the Simpson-Bowles Commission, and/or the bogus $700 billion “cut” to Medicare.

No wonder Chris Matthews is incensed by Republicans’ persistent resort to overt racism to evade the “garbage” being peddled as “policy” by Romney-Ryan and Reince Priebus.

Fortunately, our own Dr. Pramenko offers a clinically “clear picture”.  Who should you trust?, he asks—those who would “fix” Medicare ten years from now by converting it from a defined benefit guarantee to an uncertain “voucher” program, or those who have already extended Medicare’s (as we know it now) viability by eight years?; those who falsely accuse President Obama of “cutting” future Medicare benefits by $716 billion while using that same “savings” to fund more tax cuts for the wealthy, or those who are already redeploying those savings to expand preventive care for the elderly and women?

“In addition, the Romney-Ryan plan will rely on private insurers to bend the cost curve”, but these are the same “private insurers” responsible for rising premiums, “pre-existing conditions”, benefit caps, arbitrary coverage cancellations, and profit-driven medical “death panels” in the first place!

Meanwhile, both President Obama and Club 20 endorse our local approach as an example of how competition from not-for-profit insurers in a statewide “insurance cooperative” can foster vital competition.

              Bill Hugenberg                   543 Rim Drive, GJ 81507
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