Letter: Don’t make health care a game of political warfare

Too many people don’t have health insurance. They end up in the emergency room or with lots of bills. Poverty cripples health care access and drives people to early death.

A lot of Bernie Sanders supporters believe in universal health care. While that sounds great, I believe we should support and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, as millions of disabled Americans and seniors rely on these programs.

We should never make cuts to these programs, and we should not make health care a game of political warfare. People’s lives are at stake, and while I never agreed with most parts of the Affordable Care Act, the idea of putting Medicaid into block grants seems dubious, too.

In this debate, it’s vital to listen to the medical community and the people whose lives it affects. We should care about the least of the least and strengthen our programs now without cruel cuts. We need balance and compassion.

REBECCA PHILLIPS, Topeka

 

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