RE: “Republicans use recess to attack Obama on health-care legislation,” by Mark Ballard, The Advocate, June 30

Mark Ballard reported that U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, told about 20 seniors that changes to Medicare are needed if Medicare is to survive.

I couldn’t help but wonder if Cassidy told those 20 seniors that we also needed to drop the tax rate for the top 2 percent of wage earners and the corporate tax rate while at the same time turning Medicare into a voucher program for their family members under the age of 55.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in his budget proposal, “The Path to Prosperity,” has declared class and generational warfare on the middle class, future seniors and poor folks, and our U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy has voted in lock step with him and the Republican Party.

It seems that Cassidy wants to tell seniors they’re not affected by these draconian changes that he voted for to Medicare.

Cassidy is right. They’re not directly affected by these Medicare changes that he voted for unless they care about Cassidy’s vote to throw their future senior family members under a garbage truck and run over them.

Cassidy states the Congressional Budget Office predicts that Medicare could be bankrupt in 10 to 14 years or taxes will have to increase or coverage will have to decrease, both dramatically.

The congressman needs to explain how cutting taxes for billionaires and corporations (aka his political base) helps a Medicare program that’s going bankrupt.

Cassidy, along with other Republicans, has called the Independent Payment Advisory Board for Medicare “a bunch of bureaucrats” who could decide whether a senior gets care. I guess Congressman Cassidy is more comfortable with someone he is closer to being “the decider,” insurance companies.

Cassidy seems to like picking and choosing which “bunch” of bureaucrats that he likes for his own political health.

Congressman Cassidy and the Republicans who supported turning Medicare into a voucher program are spending a lot of time explaining to people whose benefits the changes wouldn’t affect.

It would be nice to see the same photo opportunity with Congressman Cassidy explaining the voucher program to people under the age of 55, the very people it would affect.

I’m not holding my breath for that photo in The Advocate.

Congressman Cassidy and the Republicans’ actions on Medicare are purely political and purely Machiavellian.

Michael D. Day

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Baton Rouge