You missed the point...I am already elderly. And I've paid taxes all my life and social security benefits and got zero for it. I've never collected unemployment. I've been employed since I was 21.
The government has done nothing for me. So now that I'm old, I don't want to lose all I have to pay a hospital bill. With this new prescription plan, I do not have to fear a long-term illness and the high cost of drugs. I only have to hold back $1,300 to pay for drugs. After that, 100%.
This plan makes sense. You aren't paying for me. I paid for myself over all the years the government did nothing for me.
I understand what you are saying, but I meant when you where in your twenties you would probably appreciate having that money as I do b/c I am rather young.
The elderly is the wealthiest segment of the population. 75% of them already have drug coverage. The free-drugs-for-granny-bill should be for the truly needy only.
posted on 02/20/2004 4:24:14 PM PST
(America - your problems aren't your fault, they're someone else's.)
Actually, you paid for all those who were already using the programs. There is no "trust fund", there is no account with the many dollars you paid waiting for you to collect. It's called a Ponzi scheme, and as long as there are many payers for each payee, it works great. But the boomers are too big a group of payees for the payers to support.
So yes, I and Afro_conservative will have to pay for the benefits you use. And so the cycle continues, and I am ready to retire, I can kvetch about all the money I paid so now I'm the one who's entitled to someone else's money.
This is why entitlement programs will NEVER die.
posted on 02/20/2004 6:11:17 PM PST
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