Monday, August 13, 2012

Medicare, Romney and Ryan

Today I am very concerned about Romney, Ryan and what they plan to do with Medicare.  According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
  "This budget is Robin Hood in reverse -- on steroids," said Robert Greenstein, the center's president, when the Ryan plan was announced. "It would likely produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history and likely increase poverty and inequality more than any other budget in recent times."
Medicare is a safety net for our elderly who have spent their lives working and paying taxes to support our country.  When, at the end of their lives, they find themselves in need of a little extra help....or in some cases, a lot of help, our elderly know that they can depend on our great nation to fill the gap.  With the current systems, Medicare is not doled out to anyone who asked.  There are basic requirements and standards to ensure that those who truly are in need receive at the level needed. 
Those of us who are under the Romney - Ryan cut off age of 55 deserve and have a right to expect the same assurances as our elders.  As many of us continue to contribute to the system funding Medicare we must be cognizant of the fact that we may not benefit from that system.  Where is our motivation to continue?  Would our dollars better serve us and our families if we used them in a different way?  Should we begin to put more monies in investments so that we can take care of ourselves in our twilight years? Should we stop caring about how the funds we contribute help all Americans? Is it time for us to be selfish?
I know that many seniors face the question every month of paying for rent, food or medical care.This is America. We should continue to honor our elderly and not leave them to face such critical questions without providing a path to the answers.
Let's not  cut Medicaid, Medicare, HeadStart, or Education funding.

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