Oppose cuts to Medicaid

To the editor:

I am outraged that the U.S. Senate is secretly negotiating legislation that will end Medicaid as we know it and take health coverage from millions in our country. Senate leaders are apparently planning a vote on their bill without a single hearing. According to figures derived from the Congressional Budget Office, over a quarter million Minnesotans would lose health care coverage over the next decade, thousands of them in the south metro area, a real concern to seniors and retirees like myself.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act in May, which would force 23 million people to lose insurance, 14 million of them from Medicaid alone. The AHCA would cap Medicaid funding to states and force them to ration care, shoulder more costs, and deny health coverage to many of those who need it most. Yet, despite overwhelming opposition from the American people, the Senate plans to base 80 percent of its bill on the AHCA.

People’s lives are literally on the line. I urge our senators to oppose any proposal that cuts or restructures Medicaid or threatens the health care of millions of Americans, many of them in our area.

Paul Hoffinger