LETTER: Noem, not Varilek, has let down SD’s seniorsNoem supports the Paul Ryan budget which has the same savings of more than $700 billion dollars; however, the Republicans propose the savings be used for tax breaks to the wealthy.
By: Rodney Gutzler, Sioux Falls
To the Editor:
I am confused. I received a brochure from Rep. Kristi Noem that says, “Matt Varilek let down South Dakota seniors.” Matt is not yet our congressman, so I am not sure how he could have let anyone down.
Noem also says that Varilek supports cutting $716 billion from Medicare in order to fund Obamacare. Under the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) there are savings of $716 billion in the amounts charged by doctors and hospitals. In the Obama plan, savings are used to offset costs of added benefits. Out of pocket costs to seniors are not increased.
Noem supports the Paul Ryan budget which has the same savings of more than $700 billion dollars; however, the Republicans propose the savings be used for tax breaks to the wealthy.
Under the Ryan Plan, Medicare would offer a choice between our current voucher system in which seniors have to shop for health insurance and hope that their voucher is large enough to cover the cost of insurance. Due to fewer people in the Medicare system sharing the risk, costs will increase and Medicare as we know it will end. Noem also claims that there will be reduced quality of care and loss of current health care coverage yet offers no specifics to support her claim. Matt Varilek will work hard for South Dakota seniors. He will show up and speak up and I can’t wait until he is elected to be our new voice in Congress.