Pharos-Tribune

October 14, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: Obama is waging war on seniors


— As always, in full disclosure, I am an independent voting Christian conservative. There are so many reasons why this president has not earned a second term, but I will just address one of them. That would be the so-called war on seniors that the Democrats have been accusing the Republicans of waging. I contend if there is a “war on seniors”, it is the Democrats who have fired the first shot. Depending on the source, the president has already removed upwards of $500 to $700 billion from Medicare

to fund his “affordable health care plan.” This has been taken from the Medicare advantage plans that so many of us seniors have.  

Since I have been aware of this fact for some time, I can’t say I was surprised when I received my annual notice from my insurer about

changes in my policy for the coming year. My premium is going up and my out-of-pocket expenses have been raised over $2,000 per year. I would encourage my fellow seniors to consider who is really waging a “war on seniors” when they cast their vote. Also, remember that Joe Donnelly has voted with his party on every important vote including the “affordable health care plan.” He did this after a number of town hall sessions where it was obvious that the majority in attendance was opposed. This is his right to do, but it tells me that he has no intention of representing his constituents.

Hold everything, a news flash just reported that the president is giving the MAP insurers a bonus to hold off the inevitable until after the election. Can anyone say, “buying votes”? What a mess our government is in.

- Jean Starkey, Logansport