The Sun berates Kellyanne Conway and Senate Republicans concerning the proposed health care bill and alleged "cuts" in Medicaid ("Alternative fact of the Week: No cuts to Medicaid," June 29). In the world of political hacks and The Sun, an increase in Medicaid spending from $403 billion in 2018 to $460 billion in 2026 is a "cut." Without getting into the pointless debate on what is a cut, the point that eludes The Sun is that this an effort to rein in out-of-control Medicaid spending brought to us courtesy of Obamacare.
The Sun states that Medicaid spending is projected to be $624 billion by 2026 under Obamacare. If you believe that, I will be happy to sell you the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. If there is any consistency in the federal government's medical cost projections, it is that they are consistently wrong. Further, it assumes that voters will not make a terrible mistake and put Democrats in charge of Congress. If that happens, you can count on them expanding Medicaid eligibility because, if they don't, it won't be "fair."
There is a finite amount of taxes that Americans are willing and able to pay. Unless Medicaid and other entitlements are reformed, important programs to help the truly needy and disabled will be cut. The Senate health care bill is a flawed attempt to rein in Medicaid, but it is better than nothing. Obamacare merely a wealth transfer system disguised as a health insurance program. Expanding Medicaid eligibility only expanded a taxpayer liability.
If The Sun has a better idea to rein in Medicaid, please bless us with your brilliant ideas. If not, it appears that all we will get every week is muddled, partisan diatribes entitled "Alternative Facts." That is better known as whining.
Robert C. Erlandson, Ellicott City
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