Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
It seems like we’ve been hearing about the insolvency of Medicare for decades now, which is why it’s strange to hear Congress talking about expanding the program to include younger enrollees. That’s going to be a problem. Not for those newly enrolled. It will be a problem for those who have paid into the program and have grown accustomed to the services and access they have through Medicare.
If Congress expands the program, it will mean longer wait times, less availability and the possibility of closures of small rural hospitals that can’t afford the small Medicare reimbursement rates. Getting Americans more health coverage is admirable, and it should be a goal, but enrolling a bunch of folks onto an already unsteady Medicare is not the way to do it.