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Viewpoint - March 15, 2017

Letter: Expand Medicare as replacement for ACA

It turns out that the Affordable Care Act, although it saves lives and saves a lot of people from bankruptcy, is not so very affordable for people of modest incomes. For instance, my son's Kaiser premium doubled as soon as it passed. The reason is that insurance and drug company lobbyists wanted it that way.

The solution is not to dump the ACA in favor of plans that favor the wealthy and leave low-income, chronically ill and senior patients to die. The solution is to expand Medicare, which has low overhead and good cost containment. Even better is to expand and improve Medicare, adding some things that are left out.

There is such a plan coming to California. We can take care of our people and be an example. It is called the Healthy California Act. Support it please. Patients depend on us.

Gail Sredanovic, Ashton Avenue, Menlo Park

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