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Time to expand Medicare

After reading the GOP is returning once again to their outrageous voucher system for senior medical care plan ("Medicare next target of GOP," March 3), and reading Steven Brill's article about exploitive hospital charges published in Time magazine and listening while it was further discussed on the Diane Rehm Show last week, I feel certain of the answer to outrageous medical cost and poor health care outcomes.

We should, as Mr. Brill suggests, open Medicare coverage to those under 65 willing to pay for the coverage at a cost somewhat below equivalent insurance costs. Thus, Medicare makes money to offset the expected shortfall and hospitals have at least one group capable of reining in the outrageous charges even the large private insurance companies have had to agree to cover.

Natalie Dandekar, Havre de Grace

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