On health care, pay attention to Republicans’ actions, not words

This Letter to the Editor/Opinion piece was published by the Washington Post, March 15, 2017.

It galls me no end that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Trump administration officials continue to brazenly lie to the American people about their aims in replacing the Affordable Care Act [“Ryan defends health act revisions,” front page, March 13]. To hear them tell it, all Republicans want is better, cheaper health insurance for everyone. Yet since the 1940s, when President Harry S. Truman proposed a national health-care system, Republicans have opposed nearly every proposal to improve comprehensive health-care coverage, including President Richard Nixon’s 1974 plan for national health care.

They opposed Medicare’s creation and now want to raise the age of eligibility and limit benefits while cutting revenue by giving the rich a big tax break.

Republicans favor drastic cuts to virtually every social-welfare program, including Medicaid and Social Security. Their interest is only to cut costs to government and push them off to individuals, whatever the human costs. The only way to achieve universal coverage, as Mr. Trump claims he wants, is to pass House Resolution 676, which would extend Medicare to all and eliminate premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

Larry Carson, Columbia

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