May 15, 2018 Editorial, Press

Letter: Cobb will guard Medicare, Social Security

“Vote for Tedra Cobb, who will weigh every choice as whether it is good for our families, health care, farms, economy and environment. She will work hard to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and seek to strengthen them, not dismantle them.”


Adirondack Daily Enterprise
May 15, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his retirement and expressed regret that he had not accomplished entitlement reform as a means to control spending. Elise Stefanik calls Congressman Ryan her mentor. After doling out huge tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and large corporations, Republicans will now do a bait and switch. Republicans aim to defund programs which benefit everyday people to “ease” deficits created by their super-wealthy tax cut.

What are entitlements? Republicans discuss these programs as if they are inherently bad ideas, as if there is an unspoken inference “entitled but undeserving.”

Now a retired RN, I have worked over 50 years and contributed to Social Security and Medicare with every paycheck, as did my employers on my behalf. Alas, I have counted on some modest retirement income and basic medical care. With a U.S. median income of $59,000, it is challenging to save sufficiently for retirement, and many people depend on these programs to keep them out of dire poverty.

Privatization of health insurance is suggested. Medicare is actually very efficient, with lower overhead expenses than private insurance companies. What is not cost-effective is our patchwork of health care services that results in the United States having the highest cost of medical care of developed nations, while ranking among the lowest for access and quality of care. In the health care loop it is insurance companies that make the biggest profit, by doing nothing for your health other than shuffling money around. That is inefficient and wasteful. Our Medicare and Social Security “entitlements” should remain public and funded.

The United States Constitution states that a purpose of the federal government is to “promote the general welfare.” We are entitled to education, a clean environment, health care and support for our elderly, poor and disabled. We are entitled to a government that will operate with fiscal responsibility, looking first to identify our needs and then secondly how to fairly pay for it — not, “Let’s decrease our federal income and then cut back on the services that Americans not only count on but paid for their whole working lives.”

We are entitled to a congresswoman who will represent us. Vote for Tedra Cobb, who will weigh every choice as whether it is good for our families, health care, farms, economy and environment. She will work hard to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and seek to strengthen them, not dismantle them. Tedra Cobb has spent her entire adult life in the North Country, is experienced in community health programs, small business and served two terms as St. Lawrence County legislator. Tedra Cobb knows how to collaborate and problem solve. She will stand up for the needs and values of our community and preserve our “entitlements.”

Peggy Wiltberger

Saranac Lake

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