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Letter: Should federal government really handle our health care?

To the Editor:

Lauren Underwood is the Democrat candidate chosen by the Democrat Party to unseat the Republican, U.S. House of Representatives incumbent, Randy Hultgren. A recent "It's Your Write" letter to the Northwest Herald indicates that Ms. Underwood has worked on health care policy at the federal level and knows the health-care truth as opposed to lying Randy Hultgren.

The truth is that the federal government is basically broke and the bureaucracy is broken as was apparent at a "VA Benefits" meeting some months ago that was sponsored by Mr. Hultgren and various local VA administrators for military veterans from McHenry and Lake County. Full disclosure, I am a Caucasian, U.S. Army veteran (1964-1966), drafted 28 days after I graduated from Loyola U. of Chicago.

At the meeting, I personally wanted to know why I am too rich at approx. $35,000 per year to be eligible for free VA hearing aids....the answer is that I file jointly with my wife whom contributes another $35,000 to our joint return. 

The next veteran to comment was a Vietnam combat veteran that was over exposed to "Agent Orange", was hospitalized in Vietnam, and is currently disabled due to the Vietnam conflict. His complaint was that the "broken" VA bureaucracy had just lost all of his medical records.

The VA administrators said that would check on the many complaints. Last month, 70 mostly Democrat House members formed a "Medicare for All" caucus. According to Charles Blahouse, who served as a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare from 2010 to 2015, "paying for every American's health care would increase federal spending by $32.6 trillion over the first decade."

Estimates by the Urban Institute, the Center for Health and Economy and Emory scholar Kenneth Thorpe have reached similar conclusions, so, "even doubling taxes wouldn't pay for "Medicare for All." 

Do we really want the federal government (think VA) handling health care for all? 

Robert Gebhardt

Johnsburg

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