Reader letters April 28

Apr 27, 2017

Groundhog day

To the editor:

This week will be the GOP’s 64th attempt to repeal Obamacare. Have you seen “Groundhog Day” (1993) where Bill Murray is doomed to relive the same day over and over until he learns to treat others better?

Gee, if Bill Murray can learn from his mistakes, why can’t Trump and the GOP?

Some points: 1. Most Americans love Obamacare (OC). In the latest Gallup Poll, 57 percent favor OC while only 30 percent of Americans want to repeal and replace. The more Americans know about Obamacare, the more they like it.

2. Obamacare is not perfect. I see it as a stepping stone to Medicare-for-all. Many Americans feel the same.

3. Almost all civilized countries have some version of single payer or Medicare for all. What is stopping America?

4. Single payer costs much less than capitalism-based insurance. Especially if we negotiate prescription prices.

5. Even the conservative columnist, George Will, believes that Obamacare is UNrepealable and America is heading toward single payer. I quote Mr. Will “... the essence of Obamacare is the expansion of Medicaid. Who has benefited from that? Probably disproportionately white working-class males, Trump Voters. What does Donald Trump say? ‘Single-payer works fine in Scotland.’”

6. Don’t kid yourself that TrumpCare is humanitarian. The main reason Trump wants to repeal OC is to pay for major tax breaks for the richest Americans ...again! Sheesh!

7. We have a two-tiered tax system: Earned vs. unearned income. If you work for a living, your tax rate is HIGHER than if your major source of income comes from pre-existing wealth, dividends and capital gains. Why?

And again, why do the GOP and Trump want to lower their taxes on unearned income even more? I’ve always worked for a living and am proud of it; my main goal in life is to leave this planet and its people better off, if I can.

Obviously not everyone feels this way.

Caryl Brt

Waynesville