Friday, February 10, 2017

Letters to the editor

Dear Editor,

Without Medicare, I would almost certainly be bankrupt; perhaps dead.  I’m no different than hundreds of thousands of Mainers who have paid into this uniquely effective health insurance system for all our working lives. But that lifetime of commitment is being threatened in ways which will deny us the benefits we have earned.

Despite President Trump’s assurances during his campaign that he would, “Protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare. You made a deal a long time ago”, - Republican leaders in Congress are pushing ahead with their long-simmering proposal to turn Medicare into a “premium support program.” That really means, they intend to create a voucher system, a scheme that would be the end of guaranteed health insurance coverage for American seniors, replaced by a private system that will not cover the costs of healthcare. 

That’s why AARP is launching a full-scale effort to protect the benefits we’ve all worked for, and we will need the help and support of everyone. We will be telling Congress that turning Medicare into a private voucher system will not be tolerated. We will be supporting our 230,000 members here in Maine who are also concerned about their own healthcare, and that of their families.  Our voices must be heard: Sign petitions, call or write your Senators and members of Congress, make sure your friends and families know what’s at stake.  

This is the most serious threat to the health and financial security of seniors ever. There is no time to waste.  Please help us protect what we’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Rich Livingston
AARP Maine Volunteer State President

Dear Editor,

“How can you survive a heart attack when alone?”*

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, the person whose heart is beating improperly will begin to feel faint and has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough and the cough must be deep and prolonged; as when producing phlegm from inside the chest.

A breath and cough must be repeated about every two seconds - without let-up until the heart beats normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.

In this way, heart attack victims can get help or get to a hospital. Tell as many people as possible about this. It could save their lives, only if it is just one life it may save.

Submitted by,
Fred Collins

*Editor’s note: The Windham Eagle newspaper is not responsible for medical suggestions written as letters to the editor. It is suggested that one contact a medical professional or dial 911 in any medical emergency situation.

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