Questions for Sen. Moran

The U.S. Senate is considering SB386 of which our Sen. Jerry Moran is a cosponsor of the bill. The bill is primarily being promoted by technology companies which have made significant donations to it's sponsors.

The bill would give priority H1B visas to Asians of which the majority would come from China and India. I am a Nationalist who believes in putting Americans first. I believe it is wrong to allow cheap foreign labor to take jobs away from Americans. I have nothing against Asians wanting to secure jobs in our country but they should not be given priority visas and jump ahead of the line when seeking immigration into the U.S.

We have plenty of American students that have graduated and will be graduating to fulfill jobs in our technology industries. To allow foreigners from Asia to receive priority work visas is cheating Americans who are striving to obtain employment in those same industries.

My questions to Senator Moran are "What is your motive in sponsoring SB386?" "Did campaign donations influence your decision?”

 — Edward Myers, Newton

 

The biggest fear regarding Medicare for All

Most people's biggest fear regarding Medicare for All is that it will raise taxes. This turns out to be misleading. According to two economics professors at University of California, Emmanuel Saez and Gabiel Zucman, "the data show that for most workers, it (Medicare for all) would lead to the biggest take-home pay raise in a generation."

The analysis of Saez and Zucman points out that payroll taxes are proportional to income whereas health insurance premiums are the same for every member of a company. A secretary costs the same amount as the executive. What this means is that the secretary gives up a far greater share of her income for health insurance than the executive. If we add in the expense of private health insurance paid by employers in lieu of salaries, the average tax rate more accurately is around 30% at the bottom of the income distribution and nearly 40% for the middle class. Meanwhile billionaires are paying only 23%.

Although what we call income taxes might increase, if we no longer had health insurance premiums withheld from our paychecks we could expect a significant increase in take-home pay.

And that only accounts for the cost of health insurance premiums. There would be additional gains from the fact that there would be no out-of-pocket health care expenses for drugs, co-pays, or deductibles. And no surprise medical bills since there would be no narrow networks of doctors as now occurs in private plans.

Nearly 20% of our national income goes to health care costs while other wealthy nations spend only 10%. And for all this extra spending, we still have shorter life expectancies and worse health outcomes compared to other developed nations. 

It is time to cast aside fears of higher taxes with Medicare for All when in fact, people would see more money in their pockets and get better coverage as well.

— Valetta Seymour, Newton