I agree with the commentary that “Not every liberal is burning for Bernie” (Page 11A, April 2) – just every liberal that wants the best chance for a radical change for our country. Writer Megan Beller claims the changes that Sanders is promoting are aimed at the white middle class. Indeed, he does talk about the middle class and how it is slipping further down the economic ladder. But his programs help the rich, middle class, poor and “truly poor,” as she calls them.
She claims the “truly poor” have free healthcare through Medicaid, but Medicaid does not kick in until you’re “really truly poor” in those states not taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act expansion of Medicaid, leaving millions of “truly poor” people without insurance. In those states you have to spend down your assets until you’re “really truly poor” before you get Medicaid. With Sander’s universal healthcare, everyone gets healthcare – including the “truly poor”.
Beller tries to paint Sander’s supporters as selfish young, white and middle class. While I am white and middle class, I am Medicare age. Even if his programs cost me in higher taxes, I believe his ideas will lead to stronger communities and a healthier economy for all.
Daniel Brown, Modesto