Target: House Speaker John Boehner
Goal: Stop the House of Representatives from supporting the proposal to move Medicare eligibility from age 65 to 67.
As anxiety over the approaching “fiscal cliff” rises, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 as a potential solution. Estimated by the Congressional Budget Office, this would save over $110 billion over the next ten years, but at what cost? With the cost of healthcare at a high increase for those over the age of fifty, adding two years onto this could be a death sentence for many elderly people. Individuals in the 65-66 age range are at the cheaper end of the beneficiary range for Medicare, yet under the new policy would most likely have to seek out private insurance, which would prove a much more costly alternative. Businesses would be able to provide coverage as well, but this would also affect their profit margins, which many small businesses cannot afford. This will almost certainly lead to an increase in uninsured individuals, and potentially layoffs if the smaller businesses affected as well.
John Boehner’s “quick fix” to the government’s financial issues will simply shift costs from the federal government to employers, other sectors that pay for healthcare, and individuals aged 65 and 66. Those approaching the age of retirement will now be expected to stay in the work force for two more years with two less years of benefits despite the fact they have been assured throughout their lives that they will have these benefits at 65.
By signing this petition you are urging House Speaker John Boehner to consider the effects of altering the Medicare beneficiary age, and to help look for another solution to our country’s financial dilemma.
Dear Mr. Boehner,
I am writing to you to urge you to consider another solution to our country’s financial problems. I understand that you have proposed changing the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, and I am asking that you consider the negative effects this decision would have on our country’s elderly, as well as small businesses. By changing the Medicare age, you are simply shifting the financial burden from the government to employers and the elderly individuals themselves, and for many, this will not be an affordable solution. The change in Medicare eligibility will force individuals to look into more costly privatized healthcare solutions, and will increase out of pocket expenses for many small businesses that cannot afford to have this affecting their profit margin.
I ask that you aid in the effort to look for other solutions to the approaching “fiscal cliff,” and leave the burden from weighing on the shoulders of the elderly. They have worked hard for many years with the assumption that they could count on our country to support their healthcare needs at the age of 65, and now you are asking that the government take away that promise for an extra two years. Affordability of health care above the age of fifty is already an issue for many individuals with lower income, and this change could potentially leave a large portion of the elderly population uninsured. Please protect our elderly citizens and reconsider your proposal for the change in Medicare eligibility.
[Your Name Here]
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