Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Medicare!

I don't usually do two posts in a day but this is important!

Tomorrow, July 28th, is the 46th Birthday of Medicare. That's right! For 46 years Medicare has been helping elders meet their medical costs! As a stroke survivor, I don't know what I'd do without it -- especially with the cost of healthcare these days. Actually, I do know what it's like not to have health care and it ain't pretty -- at that, my friends, is is a gross understatement. I got a note from We are One, one of the many groups whose newsletter I read, asking me to join them for a rally at the East side of the Capitol for a rally tomorrow afternoon. I obviously can't make it so I'm passing it on to any of y'all who are interested, able, and live in the D.C. area. I wish I could be there -- the rebel in my soul would love to go but I'd prolly get busted and D.C. isn't famous for it's luxurious jail.

Please take look at the comments today's earlier post and see what and check out Cop Car's research/comment re: her investment in Social Security. It's also posted on her blog. It's an eye-opener!

Also, keep in mind that Social Security is NOT an entitlement -- we PAID into it every hour we worked or that our spouse worked.

Happy Blogging!!!!!



  1. You got that right!!! We paid into S.S., this is OUR money not the gov'ts!

    Didn't know Medicare had been around that long.

    take care

  2. Anonymous8:22 PM

    Thanks for the mention, Kay. To be clear, however, I came to the conclusion that I am being paid too much for what I put into the system (I didn't write the words, but tried to imply it.) I suspect that I am not the only one in that boat. I would not fight having a means test.

    Social Security was meant to be a safety net. In my view, those of us who don't need a safety net should consider our SS deductions to have gone to a good cause - providing a safety net for someone who does need it.
    Cop Car

  3. LTTS: You betcha!!!

    CC: Thank you!!! I'm not surprised at how you feel -- you are a good person with a good mind and heart and counts her blessing. If I had been as fortunate as you, I would feel the same way. Unfortunately, if I don't get my SS checks next month, I will be in serious trouble.

  4. Hattie12:45 AM

    I think it's important for everyone to collect their SS. If it bothers anyone's conscience, they can always give the money away.

  5. Now that our country moves closer to being a third world country -- wiping out the middle class for a two class system -- I certainly think means testing for Soc. Sec. is one of several possible corrective measures to save the system. But then, I also believe Warren Buffett's position that the wealthy can afford to pay more taxes but the Congressional millionaires are against that proposition. And what about all those huge corporations that pay no taxes at all??? Surely as good citizens I'd think they'd want to support this nation just a little bit.

  6. Anonymous9:52 AM

    Kay: Thanks for the compliments - even though, as you well can imagine, I don't always deserve them. I do count my "blessings" (as an atheist, "good fortune") because I came from a family without money. We never went hungry; but, when you live in a truck....Toward the end (she died in 1994), my mother was living on $8,000/year - all of it SS. And she did not complain. I was pleased to be somewhat of a safety net for her, assuring her that it was a return on the investment that she and Dad had made in me (first 2.5 years of my college education).

    Darlene: You have never been one to think only of yourself - which I greatly admire and appreciate. I also admire the way you can concisely analyze and sum up issues to write about them.
    Hugs to you both!
    Cop Car

  7. I really don't think some people truly understand what the reductions of entitlements mean.


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