The Edmond Sun

December 6, 2013

LETTER: Student urges leaders to not wait on entitlement reform

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — To the Editor:

I am 28 years old and will only be just older than 40 by the time Medicare and Social Security programs are projected to fail. This is very concerning for young people like myself who are paying into this system and likely will not see any benefits from it. I 100 percent agree that some serious reform is needed to strengthen these programs. I think it is also important for lawmakers to help create laws that protect the privately insured from insurance companies dropping or disqualifying people from coverage. I believe this would help to keep many who can afford private health care from having to rely on Medicare and Social Security funds.

I am concerned however, with the way things have been going recently with Congress, and that these decisions will be put off for too long or that only temporary solutions will be made. We need stronger leadership and sound long-term decisions to be made soon or many will be left out in the cold when the time comes for retirement.

Jessica Seikel

Oklahoma City

JESSICA SEIKEL is a University of Central Oklahoma student.