With the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, each state legislature and governor will have to decide whether to expand Medicaid programs for their residents.
Some are concerned about expanding Medicaid because of budgets. However, there’s a bill in Congress to protect taxpayers from having to assume the tab for millions of retirees’ healthcare.
The bipartisan Earned Retiree Healthcare Benefits Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 1322) prevents employers from making post-retirement cancellations to earned retirement benefits.
Millions of retirees spent decades at one company because it offered retirement health benefits in exchange for taking a lower salary and less paid time off. Breaking their fiduciary responsibility, and to boost already healthy corporate profits, companies have cancelled the healthcare of 22 million older Americans. Guess who has to pick up the tab? Our states.
It’s time for Washington to stop coddling CEOs and protect taxpayers and retirees. Older Americans should get involved. Go to protectseniors.org.
Ozzie Ramon, Miami Beach