Thread: General Politics Raising Medicare's age limit.
View Single Post
Old 12-10-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
patteeu patteeu is offline
The 23rd Pillar
 
patteeu's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2002
Casino cash: $473555
Quote:
Originally Posted by Direckshun View Post
Pragmatism, mostly.

The upper third of wage-earners are the absolute least likely to miss Medicare for the four- to six-year extension I'd favor. The middle third would suffer minimally for the two- to three-years they'd have to further wait.

The low third of wage earners is the class that relies on Medicare when they get old, and feel it the most as they are gradually charged more by insurance companies as they age.
Sick people are the people who rely on Medicare the most, not low wage earners. If you're going to give Medicare away early to people who need it most, why not base that on actual need instead of an income proxy?

By pushing these programs further and further toward welfare, you're going to undermine support for them.

Here's what John Rother, executive VP of AARP says about the subject:

Quote:
...Social Security and Medicare are not welfare programs. They are earned benefits that older Americans have contributed to over decades of hard work...

A means test for their earned benefits would erode the popular support that has sustained these programs and made them so effective in helping older households. Making Social Security more like welfare would surely lead to weaker benefits and a growing burden on young people to support struggling elders....
__________________


"I'll see you guys in New York." ISIS Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to US military personnel upon his release from US custody at Camp Bucca in Iraq during Obama's first year in office.
Posts: 75,744
patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.patteeu is obviously part of the inner Circle.
  Reply With Quote