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"Medicare" was the name originally given to a program providing medical care for families of individuals serving in the military as part of the Dependents' Medical Care Act passed in 1956. President Eisenhower held the first White House Conference on Aging in January 1961, in which the creation of a program of health care for social security beneficiaries was proposed. In July 1965, under the leadership of President Lyndon Johnson, Congress enacted Medicare under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide health insurance to people age 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history. Before Medicare's creation, approximately 60% of those over 65 had health insurance, with coverage often unavailable or unaffordable to many others, because older adults paid more than three times as much for health insurance as younger people.
During the campaign, Donald Trump often promised to be a different kind of Republican, one who would represent the interests of working-class voters who depend on major government programs. “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” he declared, under the headline “Why Donald Trump Won’t Touch Your Entitlements.”
originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
The problem with Medicare, IMHO, is the vast numbers of people under 65 who receive benefits.
That is what drains it.
What needs revamping is taking those recipients and putting them on Medicaid or some other program.
And.....whatever it is called.....people on disability benefits.....need to be actually disabled.
Fraud is rampant....both on the doctor and "patient" end.
originally posted by: lordcomac
Notice how the USPS hasn't gone private- there's no way to profit doing what they do.
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: SignalMal
too bad you can't opt out of the love you feel for your parents though, huh??
if the gov't is allowed to walk away from it's obligation to the seniors, for which those seniors worked and paid into all their working years, just who do you think is gonna be left holding the bag??
lol... they think that the kids, many of whom are still living at home because they can't find jobs to support themselves, still dependent on their parents, to stay in those homes after the parents get too old and feeble to work and support them...
originally posted by: MOMof3
a reply to: intrptr
What about their salaries and benefits? Will they privatize war also?
Let me get this straight.... I paid into a system for 30 years that will be transferred to a system where stockholders, CEO and other elites can profit from my tax dollars. I don't think so....