Here are the numbers from my health insurance renewal for 2018. I am a 63-year-old woman. I believe my income for that year will put me just out of reach for a subsidy. My 2017 premium of $999 was increased to $1,677 per month. The deductible was increased (made worse) from $1,300 to $3,500 per year. This amounts to a yearly premium of over $20,000 for one person. Our "retirement" income comes from the rental payment on 300 acres of farm land we used to farm. This $20,000 health insurance premium is not deductible on our taxes so we, in effect, have to earn over $26,000 to pay this premium for 2018.

The Affordable Care Act may have started this snowball, but the Congress and new administration promised to fix it.

The Medicare age needs to be lowered to 60 as a stand-alone bill to address this gouging of older Americans. - Stephanie Stensland, Larchwood, Iowa

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