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Balance budget; don’t harm poor

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I continue to read that Republicans in Congress, Tom McClintock among them, are supporting significant changes to Medicare and Medicaid to balance the Federal budget. My reaction: Shame, shame on you. The majority of people who benefit from these programs cannot afford the caps or “allowances” being bandied about. When senior citizens have already been hit hard by rising prices and devalued assets, to remove or lessen access to health care is a burden that should not be considered. And Medicaid is intended as a safety net for the those who have least among us. There will always be those who game the system and I suggest that looking for savings among the fraudsters is laudable. Looking for savings on the backs of senior, disabled and/or poor citizens is immoral. Oh, and I am not eligible for either program. Patricia Burke, Newcastle