Every now and then a responsible elected official will actually get serious about reforming Medicare. This time around it is Paul Ryan, the Congressman from Wisconsin. And every time someone puts forth a serious proposal, someone else puts out a campaign of disinformation intended to scare seniors into opposing reform. Once seniors’ ears perk up, the predictable knee-jerk reaction follows. “Don’t you dare take away my Medicare. I’m entitled to it. I earned it!”
Seniors, you are just wearing me out with your ignorance and selfishness. You have bankrupted America with your Medicare and Social Security programs. Your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be paying for you long after you are dead.
Seniors, do you know that Rep. Ryan’s plan does not even touch Medicare for anyone age 55 and older? Yet you have fallen for the same old liberal lies. You believe the nonsense that Ryan and those who agree with him are trying to kill you. How is that possible when no one over the age of 54 is affected? Republicans have occupied the White House and controlled Congress several times since 1965 when Medicare was enacted and the program has thrived, so why do you make it a partisan issue?
Do you know how much Medicare was originally supposed to cost? In 1967, the House Ways and Means Committee projected that Medicare would cost $12 billion in 1990. Do you know how much it actually cost in 1990? $110 billion! That’s nearly ten times more than originally estimated. Do you know what Medicare cost us in 2010? $509 billion!
According to the July, 2009 U.S. Census Bureau estimate there are 40 million of you age 65 or older. You are 13 percent of the total population. By 2020, your demographic will grow to about 70 million and you will represent 20 percent of the population. Just assuming a proportionate increase, Medicare spending will grow to almost $900 billion. Add that to your Social Security benefits and we will be spending in the neighborhood of $1.7 trillion a year sustaining you.
Seniors, answer this question. Would you go to your child’s home and take the food off your grand children’s plates and eat it while they go hungry? “Of course not”, you say. Well you are doing it when you refuse to permit any sensible reforms of Medicare and Social Security.
Answer this question. Would you send your bills to your grandchildren with a post-it note attached saying “Please pay ASAP”? You say you would never do that? It is exactly what you are doing to them via Medicare and Social Security.
Seniors, stop falling for the liberal Jedi mind trick. They are using you to get the votes they need to maintain their power base. They don’t care about you and they certainly could care less about your children and grandchildren. You are destroying their future.
You will be remembered as the selfish, greedy, short-sighted, stupid generation that bankrupted America if you don’t stop it now. We are not even asking you to give up anything today – we are just asking you to support sensible reforms so that we do not destroy our country within a generation.