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Reader's view: Cravaack is working to protect Medicare

As a senior, I find it reassuring to see our representatives trying to preserve benefit programs like Medicare, which we were promised to receive when we reached a certain age. U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack supports legislation that maintains, unchange...

As a senior, I find it reassuring to see our representatives trying to preserve benefit programs like Medicare, which we were promised to receive when we reached a certain age. U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack supports legislation that maintains, unchanged, Medicare benefits for all of us age 55 and older. He is looking toward the future of the program (as should we all) so that others, my children and grandchildren included, can benefit from these services when they reach the proper age.

I have been concerned by some of the estimates that show financial uncertainty for the long-term prospect of these programs. One report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showed that Medicare could be bankrupt by 2022 if nothing is done! It's important that Medicare remains a viable option for seniors for decades to come.

It's also important that health-insurance decisions are left to us as individuals so we can make the best decisions possible. If Medicare is not preserved, our options will be severely limited and probably unaffordable.

I am also troubled by some of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, especially those that turn our health-care decisions over to Washington bureaucrats. The popular Medicare Advantage plans is to be eliminated. And truly frightening is the provision that slashes $500 billion from the Medicare program.

Luckily, the budget supported by Cravaack protects the benefits many of us have planned for, and depend on, in our retirement. We need affordable health-care options, and this budget gives us the best opportunity to meet that need. On behalf of all Northland seniors, I urge Rep. Cravaack to please keep working to protect this essential program.

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Bonnie Stasiuk

Duluth

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