To the Journal editor:
I read a recent letter bemoaning the house vote 277 by U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls. The legislation in question was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ryan to establish a 2013 budget for the United States.
According to the letter writer, this legislation would end Medicare, thus denying seniors of necessary medical care. Her information is simply not accurate.
This legislation does not end Medicare. Medicare needs reform. Reforming does not mean ending. If nothing is done Medicare will end for the very simple reason that it will run out of money. As a senior that concerns me.
It is leadership to stand up and propose reform. It is not leadership to ignore the facts and do nothing. Mr. Benishek was correct to vote for this legislation.
It is a fact that under the Ryan plan, any senior over 55 years of age will not be affected. The plan will afford those under 55 years with an opportunity to stay in Medicare or opt out for other plans.
It is simply wrong and immoral to frighten seniors in order to facilitate a political agenda. If you are truly concerned about Medicare consider that Mr. Obama has robbed over $700 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. This means that many seniors who receive benefits today will experience a loss of benefits.
Unfortunately, the legislation which was passed by the House of Representatives was not addressed by the U.S. Senate which is controlled by Democrats.
In fact, the U.S. Senate with the blessing of Mr. Obama has not passed a budget for this country in four years. Result, four straight years of one trillion plus deficits by this administration. I congratulate Rep. Benishek for his vote.