To the Editor:
How many times have you heard people say, “We want to take our country back?” But exactly how far back?
Is it back to President Eisenhower when the wealthy had a 90 percent tax rate? Is it back to the ’50s when the overall poverty rate was 22 percent and 35 percent for seniors and 56 percent for blacks, or is it when the average life span was 69 and is it now 79?
How about 30 percent of Americans that had no electricity in 1950? Is it back to 1960, when only 10 percent of Americans had air conditioning? Is it when you graduated from high school and found yourself drafted and on your way to Vietnam but a current president got a deferment for bone spurs that suddenly disappeared when he played tennis, squash and football?
Is it back to President Reagan, who fought against Medicare, which led to better health outcomes for elderly and saved so many from bankruptcy?
Is it when health insurance companies could deny health coverage for almost anything? Is it when your child had cancer and suddenly used up life coverage while still receiving treatment? Is it when your spouse had breast cancer and we had no drugs to fight it?
Or perhaps you want to go back to no Medicare, no Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, higher premiums and higher out of pocket for your health care.
Oh wait — that is the current Wealthcare/Trumpcare bill Congress is trying to pass.