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Trump and Republicans’ Medicare scare tactics won’t fool Americans

Donald Trump ignores the intelligence and wisdom of older Americans to discern the truth, and their ability to know that his recent op-ed on Medicare is a mere snow job.

This midterm election is crucial for all Americans, older and younger alike.

Trump should not misuse seniors to advance partisan and propaganda purposes as he has tried to.

Trump claims that “Democrats will eviscerate Medicare.” Is this falsehood just another pre-election scare tactic? How ironic, considering that Trump slashed Medicare’s budget by more than $500 billion over 10 years and House Speaker Paul Ryan has tried to gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Trump says that he will protect seniors, and falsely claims that Democrats’ “Medicare for All” would not cover “pre-existing conditions.” Yet Trump’s and the Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation which addressed pre-existing conditions, were defeated, thanks to Democrats’ push back and Sen. John McCain’s vote. It is Trump and Republicans who want to eliminate the coverage of pre-existing conditions for Americans.

Medicare for All, or universal health care for all Americans, will benefit and serve all Americans, regardless of age.

The present health care system is exorbitantly costly and wasteful. Medicare for All would insure all Americans, at a much lower cost than currently spent per capita, and produce better health outcomes.

Prescription medication prices in the U.S. are the highest in the world, as the pharmaceutical industry and its lobbyists have been allowed to have a chokehold on our current health care system.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call for Medicare for All continues to gain increasing acceptance by the American people, Congress, medical doctors, and public health experts.

In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in response to the recent announcement of the record-setting federal budget, stated he and the Senate will have to address the deficit by reducing the three entitlement programs — Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. This is the same McConnell who has obsessively tried to dismantle President Obama’s Affordable Care Act since its enactment, and who has tried to decimate a law that has helped to provide health insurance coverage to millions of Americans and to their families.

If McConnell and the Republicans had been successful at repealing the Affordable Care Act, over 32 million Americans would have lost their health insurance coverage.

Trump’s budget not only cut over $500 billion from Medicare, it also slashed over $1 trillion in Medicaid over a 10 year period.

While Trump and the Republicans gut both Medicare and Medicaid with abandon, they give a $1.5 trillion tax cut to the millionaires, billionaires, and corporations.

Trump’s and the Republicans’ attitude and actions against hard working American people and their families and American children and seniors have one clear message: “We do not care about you at all. We do not care about your health, nor about your well being and welfare.”

Trump’s and the Republicans’ unchecked greed and so-called way of governing is to fatten their own pockets further with the hard-working American taxpayers’ monies.

Trump and the Republicans are heartless toward the children of our country, the senior citizens who have worked hard all their lives, and the ordinary women and men of our nation who toil every day to put a roof over their heads and to feed their families and who pay the taxes.

Let us work harder than ever before to push back against Trump and the Republicans.

Let us call on our fellow Americans, and our communities, and our elected officials, to make sure that Trump’s and the Republicans’ continuing efforts to gut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and to rob American taxpayers’ monies to enrich their pockets must be stopped.

This is why this midterm election is so important and crucial, and Americans must get out to vote.

Anh Le is a writer, independent journalist, and public health advocate. Fred S. Mayer, R.Ph., Pharm.D., M.P.H., is the President of Pharmacy Planning Servive (PPSI), Inc., in San Rafael, CA, a nonprofit organization providing health awareness programs to promote public health and education. A registered pharmacist, Dr. Mayer is a former President of the California Public Health Association, a member of the Gray Panthers, and is a public health leader in California and the U.S.

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