'Improved' health coverage will cost seniors

By Gini Moseley

Dear Editor:

Here is a statistic on the proposed health care replacement that I find hard to ignore:

A 64-year-old making $26,500 a year currently pays approximately $1,700 in premiums. Under proposed changes, that person would pay $14,600, more than eight times the present cost.

A big reason for that is the new health care bill would change the gap between what young and old will pay for their premiums. Currently, insurers can charge older enrollees three times what they charge someone younger. The Republican plan will increase that ratio from 3-1 to 5-1.

This is only one of many detrimental changes that have been proposed, and I would ask you to question the wisdom of this new (and supposedly improved) health care system.

Gini Moseley