Editor:

Dear Wyoming Congressional Delegation:

I am writing to express my deep concern about the self-serving tax bill that is being maneuvered through Congress. It is unconscionable that such a bill would be supported and described as tax-favorable for the middle-class. Eliminating the tax deductions that help middle and low-income citizens (e.g. medical, state and local tax, and mortgage payment deductions) and providing temporary “improvements” for them while at the same time cutting taxes for the wealthy and powerful including large corporations that will use the money to increase their wealth and power. While they may hire more workers (“create jobs”) to expand their enterprises, there has been little or no indication from them that they will use the increased profit to improve the condition and salaries of their workers unless forced to do so. Trickledown economics has been shown repeatedly to not work.

If they and you had such an intention to improve the lot of workers and the middle class, you and they would not be acting to weaker or kill the Affordable Care Act which clearly will have a detrimental effect on millions of Americans while you continue to have excellent health insurance. It is said that this will give people more freedom of choice, but among worse alternatives. Healthcare was extremely expensive and becoming more so before the ACA was passed. It was known when it passed that it was a work in progress and needed further improvements to get costs under control. The individual mandate is essential to get costs under control by avoiding adverse selection. The proposals offered by Congress in the last year have deliberately attempted to destroy that attempt to control costs. The previous system was not working for the 45 million who didn’t have health insurance, but it was working for those who were profiting from it. Let your consciences guide you to do what is right for all Americans.

You may think it is a win to pass this tax bill, but only in your short-term oriented minds. It will not serve you or millions of Americans in the longer term.

VIRGINIA VINCENTI, Laramie

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