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Means testing would erode support for Social Security, Medicare

RE “NEXT seniors may find benefits tied to means” (Page A1, Oct. 15): Means testing may save some money in the short run, but once higher-income people are no longer entitled to the same Social Security and Medicare benefits, the programs will be labeled as welfare, and political support for these programs will quickly erode.

President Roosevelt, in the case of Social Security, and President Johnson, with Medicare, knew that by making these programs universal, they built enduring political support from a broad majority of our country. Means testing will undermine it to the detriment of all.

Rand Wilson