Last week’s interview with U.S. House District 3 candidates pointed out some real differences. I’d like to comment on Alexis Johnson’s statement, “I want you to know I am not proposing Medicare for all like my opponent, (Dem. Leger Fernandez). Medicare for all, is a completely government run system, where if you do come out of poverty and you become the middle class, such as perhaps a teacher, or a doctor, or a business administrator, you will then have to pay a large proportion of your salary, just to have medical coverage, and the middle class is really hurting.”

    Unfortunately, this is exactly how the insurance and the Republican party wants you to see Medicare for All, an expensive tax increase.

    So let’s actually look at Bernie’s (Sanders) proposed Medicare for All, and how Bernie proposed to pay for it. Yes, if you made over $27,000, the first $27,000, no tax increase. After a year your taxes will increase by 4 percent.

    So a family making $50,000 will see a tax increase of $920. A family or individual making $100,000 a year will see a tax increase of $2,920, and a family earning $200,000 a year will see a tax increase of $6,920.

    Keep in mind you’re now paying a monthly insurance premium, which for a family of four, is about $1,200 a month or $14,400 a year.

    And Bernie’s plan included dental, optical and hearing. Does your insurance cover those?

    But most importantly, everybody now has health insurance. Sixty thousand families a year won’t have their house foreclosed on because of not being able to pay their mortgage and healthcare costs.

    Yup, if you earn $1 million a year, your taxes will increase by just under $40,000. That’s a chunk of change. But your fellow Americans will now have healthcare insurance, and those making $100,000 a year will have an extra $11,480 to spend and stimulate the economy, instead of supporting the billionaire and healthcare CEOs.

    Even a Republican should be able to figure this out.

    Ward McCartney


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Funny, your math does not equal what the CBO said about Sanders' plan. But since you are talking about his plan, that says it all.

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