I'm responding to the difficulty in pushing through any Medicare reform legislation after the release of news that the fund will be healthy until 2015 ("Demise of Medicare fund seen as delayed," April 5, p. 6).
It is typical of this country and our political system that an issue must reach the crisis point before we deal with it. We've been given a chance to come up with a viable, long-term, possibly more creative solution to fix the Medicare system. But our politicians will breathe a sigh of relief and ignore the problem until it reaches the cliff again.
Meanwhile, if the economy takes a downturn, that nice surplus we all fight over will be depleted, having never been used except as a sound bite for the campaign trail.
The only constant in this universe of healthcare reform is that the population will age. It is clear, however, that we intend to wait until the age spots hit the fan before we resolve our healthcare crisis.
Senior benefits administrator