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I am upset about the prospect of putting the health of future senior citizens in the hands of Republicans.

I just looked at the House GOP budget proposal for fiscal 2019 (https://budget.house.gov). Their response to the accelerating growth in the national debt includes an alarming proposal to have private health plans compete with Medicare. Heavens no! There is not a shred of evidence that competition for health-care dollars controls costs or improves health outcomes.

I was pleased to discover online that Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., have voiced strong opposition to this misguided GOP proposal that decreases Medicare support for senior citizens during the next decade.

On the other hand, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is on record as a proponent of the GOP plan that seeks to balance the budget on the backs of senior citizens in need of health care. Please tell him that he is wrong.

Janis Hanson, La Crosse

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