Online Letter to the Editor for April 25
Advocates for Obamacare aren’t thinking straight
I read the April 5 letter to the editor [“Medical system fine — if you’re rich, powerful”], by a retired doctor stating that this country should set up a program similar to the Manhattan project to solve the problems of our health care system. He praised Obamacare by its effort to solve the problem. I agree wholeheartedly, but with one exception, the program should have “no government involvement.” The new system should have pharmaceutical, doctors, insurance companies and hospitals get together and come up with a solution to make sure that everyone is covered.
I see what’s happening with college students asking for free education, with home buyers asking forgiveness of loans, for the unemployed asking for extensions of unemployment, beyond three years, for more asking for food stamps and, Obama asking that the rich be taxed to pay for all of the above entitlements. There isn’t enough tax money, from the rich to even start paying for those benefits. This is pie in the sky thinking, which only results in getting votes, but doesn’t solve any problems.
I’m against Obamacare because it is the biggest step towards socialism and big spending this country has ever known. It sounds good on paper, it helps the poor, it gives everyone the feeling of doing a good deed. When in reality, it takes away, initiative, hard work, the freedom of choice and sacrifice. No more does anyone have to worry about having enough to pay bills, the government will do it for you. No more do we have to sacrifice and save, the government will do it for you. No more will we be proud of the hard work involved in educating our children, the government will do it for you. We will become a country of “sit back and let the government do it.”
We have a debt of some $15 trillion and a deficit of some $1.2 trillion, I am willing to have Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid all be reduced 5 percent for not only for those 56 and younger but for all seniors on Medicare, present and future. Don’t pick and choose, who has to give, let everyone feel the pain.
I hear that retired seniors in Florida’s gated communities complain the loudest when anyone talks of cut backs. I say too bad, we are in terrible debt and the only way to solve it is to stop with the spending and stop with new entitlements. Stop Obamacare now.
A friend told me, we can’t cut back on those already receiving Social Security, it will be unfair. I say, be unfair to everybody.
I am a senior on Social Security and Medicare, and am willing to take my 5 percent cuts to eliminate the spiraling debt, with the provision, that all the money saved from the 5 percent tax increase on Social Security and other taxes from the rich, goes directly into paying off the debt. Any cutbacks in spending should be used to cut the deficit.
I realize, many seniors need every cent they get from Social Security, by means testing, they would be exempt from any cuts.
As always — God bless America.