Letters to the Editor

‘Free’ healthcare will always cost someone

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I voted Democratic most of my life in Illinois. I thought they stood for average working people. Over time, however, they seem to have morphed into the party of the poor — almost to the point of socialism. They want to subsidize every facet of the lives of poor and low-income workers. Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized housing, earned income credit, Obamacare subsidies, and the list goes on.

This, I believe, is why they lost the presidency, the House and the Senate over time. Trump’s election was the reaction of hard-working middle-class people who are fed up with the “giveaway” programs funded by their taxes. Everyone wants to help sick, disabled and mentally or physically handicapped people, but when it extends to handouts for people who are capable of working, but don’t, or working but taking advantage of social giveaway programs, many people draw the line.

Now the Democrats want healthcare for everyone. Sounds great, but what about all the working people who have paid large amounts into employer health plans and Medicare over their careers to have coverage into retirement? Should it now be given to people who have paid little or nothing?

Nothing is free in this world. It is always a cost to someone. Obamacare did one thing. It made people believe they should get free or low-cost health care, even if someone else has to pay for most of it.

Alan Devereaux