We all feel the pinch of rising health care costs, and now Congress is considering legislation that would allow insurance companies to tack on an extra “age-tax” that would hit older consumers the hardest.
The bill in Congress, the American Healthcare Act, would have the biggest impact on consumers age 50 to 64, who are still too young for Medicare. I am one of those people. At 58, I could be charged five times more for insurance coverage than insurers charge younger adults for the same policies if this bill is passed.
Drug companies and insurance companies would reap big rewards while older adults would lose coverage or go without care.
Rather than target people for higher premiums based on their age, we should work harder for policies that benefit everyone, including lower prices for prescription drugs, better coordination of care, and elimination of waste, fraud and abuse that add costs for all of us.
The American Healthcare Act is not about health and it’s not about care. Instead of imposing an age-tax on older consumers to increase profits for insurance companies, we should focus on reducing health care costs to make health care more affordable. Making it even harder for older Americans to pay for health care cannot be the answer.
To all the dedicated Eagle readers and in remberence of the few that remain that may recall the “Month of March 1945”
It was at that time that world freedom held its breath!
The Marines and others were the first on a piece of Japanese real estate a few short miles from their homeland in that unforgiving war.
(Which way would the pendulum swing?)
Human life was the high cost rendered for world freedom. Let us, in a moment of deep thought offer our sacred blessing, for their most sacred cost!
“IWO Jima was its name”.
CPL. Fred Collins
United States Marine Corps