Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
I think we can all agree that Arizonans deserve access to high-quality, comprehensive health care coverage. However, the way to ensure that is by strengthening programs that are currently working well and continuing to address the areas within our health care system that aren’t. Recent proposals, like buying into Medicare at 60, would only serve to destabilize and deplete funding for an already at-risk program. We owe it to the tens of millions of Americans who have worked and chipped into the program their entire lives to ensure it remains as strong and solvent as possible. The government has already raised red flags about the program’s solvency, with some Medicare programs projected to be depleted of funds in just five years. The fund could go bankrupt even sooner under one of these Medicare expansion programs. That could jeopardize the future of the entire program, threatening access to quality care that millions of seniors rely on.
Lawmakers in Arizona and Washington, D.C., have been making great strides to expand access to health care. Many of the people who would qualify for these new Medicare expansion programs already have or soon will have increasingly affordable options available to them thanks to fixes in the Affordable Care Act. So why put Medicare at greater risk when we should continue to improve and expand health care coverage in a responsible way, not jeopardize coverage for our most vulnerable residents.