Originally Posted by patteeu
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:
The truth is they are welfare programs though. They are not fully funded and today's beneficiaries will receive 3-4 times what they paid in. Until we start treating them as the welfare programs they are it will be impossible to make real spending cuts.
Homer: [looking at watch] Two hours? Why'd they build this ghost town so far away?
Lisa: Because they discovered gold over there!
Homer: It's because they're stupid, that's why. That's why everybody does everything.