Letters to the Editor

We need health care to survive

To the retirees of the Gulf Coast, you should be aware that your elected senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, voted to slash funding for Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act — all programs important to all our survival.

I doubt seriously that any of you who voted for these two ever envisioned that your vote would become a weapon to be used against you. Those of you planning to spend your final days in a nursing home might as well make other plans unless you’re so rich you’ll be able to afford such care.

Children with life-threatening diseases, the elderly with illnesses that put survival in question will have no recourse. The cuts to ACA will mean many Mississippians will no longer have access to health care. The Republican Congress after being shown that the American people wanted to keep their health care and, indeed, improve it have now had the rug pulled out from under them even though Congress knew and knows that this is the backdoor route to achieving what they could not achieve in the Trumpcare health bill.

It appears that we are expendable while the wealthy donors to Republican politicians are not. The rich seem to need more to survive while the rest of us need less. I’m an old guy and I think finally there is an advantage to being old, that being I have fewer years to live in this sham society we find ourselves in.

Stephen Ray Kutos

Pass Christian