Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Published September 11 2018
Updated September 13 2018

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12

Medicare for All is a path to ruin

The utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system will run out. Someone has to pay, and the payment will be in the form of exponentially higher taxes, probably costlier than the actual premiums. Medical research could very well suffer from decreased funding, thereby impeding the further development of new technology and drugs.

As Americans, we are used to choosing our health-care needs. With government in total control, choice will disappear, extended waiting times to see a doctor will follow, and the current available medical technology will be increasingly rationed. Medicare today does not pay the total cost of care. With private insurance supplements, the 20 percent not covered is cost-shifted into a private policy. Medicare for all will not be cost-shifted, so very possibly the elderly, having paid into Medicare during their working years, will be shortchanged as the system is flooded with Medicare for All. As the political satirist P.J. O’Rourke once said, "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free."

Pamela McAloon, Palm Harbor

U.S.-Cuba tensions hurt
state interests | Editorial, Sept. 13

Don’t reward Cuba

We shouldn’t downplay the microwave strikes weaponized to harm U.S. diplomats and their families while stationed in Cuba. Nor is it unreasonable to ban U.S. companies from partnering with entities with links to Cuba’s military who suppress Cuban human rights and freedoms. That Americans are traveling to Cuba in higher numbers does not dismiss the security and ethical concerns for a president of any political party to subject his diplomats to possible harm, nor should American companies and the Cuba military be profiting until the Cuban government shows they are serious about human rights. Many Cubans who left their country have protested a closer tie with Cuba.

Patricia Jenkins, St. Petersburg

Florence’s slow assault expected
to begin today | Sept. 13

Open shelters for evacuees

With so many evacuees headed to Florida, perhaps we should open our hurricane shelters to them. They do have to stay somewhere; and our shelters are already ready for this hurricane season. Feeding so many would not be as critical as if there was a storm here, as they could leave and eat elsewhere. These people need a place to stay; it is an option.

Judy Lavaron, St. Petersburg

Document: $10 million from FEMA diverted to pay for immigration detention centers

FEMA needs the money

It has been reported that the Trump administration transferred $10 million from FEMA, which assists in disaster recovery following things like a hurricane, to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has been detaining immigrants and ripping apart those families. That’s right — they are more concerned about locking up toddlers after separating them from their parents than they are about making sure that we have the resources needed to recover from a major storm. America’s moral compass is severely out of whack.

Dave Cutler, Tampa