Regarding your excellent “analogy” of being thrown over the side of the boat with only ten years to prepare.
I’ll have a bit more time than that...but I tell you, it is REALLY ticking me off. I have ALWAYS had private health insurance...my parents taught me that it was the responsible thing to do, so I purchased it even when I couldn’t afford it, beginning when I took my very first job out of College.
I figured it out one time; I have paid well in excess of $100,000 for my insurance (while using virtually no services)...and that’s just MY portion. Of course I have paid the Medicare Tax since my first job at age 17. Part of the idea of giving up this money during your healthy earning years, is that when you need the services as declining health sets in, said service will be there for you.
Instead, it now appears that every deadbeat in the Country, both legal and illegal has been, and will continue to be cared for, while those of us who have paid the bills for all of these years will be left destitute.
I am actually leaning towards a more sinister motive (not to sound too tin-foil-hattish). I cannot really think of a better way to relieve the terminally stubborn and hard-working middle class of its remaining assets, than to do something like this.
I have written a rather snarky “marketing plan” that deals with the issue from that point of view. You would probably enjoy it.
I appreciate your personal situation stories, but please try not to overboard with paranoia for your own sake. Medicare is a huge problem that eventually has to be taken care of, but I warned in comments here in January that if Republicans tried to cut entitlements before serious cuts in discretionary spending, like things you always suggest, that they would doom themselves. And they did.
Late last year Obama and Chris Mathhews both were telling House Republicans they must propose entitlements cuts to fix the deficit to set them up for an ambush:
Flashback 2010:Obama critical that Republicans/Tea Party are NOT for entitlement cuts
Then Ryan did what they asked and Obama and Matthews used it to destroy Republicans. I could see it coming, I warned about it here, I dont know what they were thinking.
Did you see that AH who attacked me last night for not drinking his Koolaid?