The Republican House tax reform bill is being sold as a boon to the middle class (“Lawmakers bicker over the tax bill’s effect on the middle class,” Nov. 6). In fact, it is designed primarily to cut taxes of the super wealthy and large global corporations and does little to help the middle class while causing great damage to our most vulnerable citizens.
The bill as currently proposed eliminates the tax deduction for medical expenses that are essential to the welfare of the elderly, disabled and those with chronic health problems. These groups face extraordinary medical expenses for items such as doctor and hospital care, pharmaceuticals, health insurance, nursing care and nursing home care that have been made affordable by allowing them to be deducted from federal income taxes.
The proposed elimination of these deductions are a serious blow to those most in need for assistance.