The Tea Party members in Congress are demanding cuts to Medicare, the government insurance program that provides health care to millions of elderly and disabled Americans.
Unfortunately, they are taking a “Band-Aid on a bullet hole” approach to cutting the costs of this program.
Every year, approximately $60 billion is lost in this system due to fraud. So, instead of cutting the fraud and $60 billion in cost, they prefer to take away the life support systems for the elderly, poor and disabled.
The Tea Party members are proving themselves to be more gnat-brained than patriotic Americans.
Putting the criminals responsible for the fraud in prison for a very long time is the solution to this problem.
Can you think of anything more patriotic than that?
Jim Hartje — Otto, N.C.