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Letter: Seniors Have State in Health Care Reform

Just because seniors in Medicare already have health insurance, it does not mean we do not have a stake in the health-care reform debate in Washington. In fact, many reforms being considered could improve Medicare while others will no doubt weaken the program.

Cutting billions in outrageous subsidies to private insurance companies in Medicare makes sense. But some of those savings should be reinvested back into Medicate to close the Part D doughnut hole and allow the government to negotiate lower drug prices. We should also limit seniors’ out-of-pocket costs, which are taking a continually bigger bite out of our already fixed incomes.

Forty-five million Americans count on Medicare and we should not be ignored as historic reforms to our nation’s health-care system are being debated.

David P. Keefe