It’s been a long 14 months, in one of the ugliest and confusing periods in American legislative history. [“The Republicans who stirred the tea”, Front page, March 22]. The House passage of the health reform bill mocks the older Americans who will be shouldering the impact of this legislation. They’re the ones who will see the quality of their health care compromised by $500 billion in Medicare cuts. They will see their Medicare Advantage premiums rise or coverage canceled. They will bear the consequences of their doctor being guided by a bureaucratic panel.
Some Democrats think that older Americans are misled by smooth talking radio hosts and fear-mongering special interest groups. Some hold the condescending opinion that seniors don’t really understand the bill or the process. The truth is seniors are led by a lifetime of experience and a belief in the Constitution. These are the tools they used to arrive at their own verdict. Unfortunately, their duly elected representatives have chosen to ignore this important voice of reason.
It seems that many in Washington forgot that older Americans vote. Many politicians are destined to find out the true cost of this terrible legislation in November.