Friday, July 8, 2011
"Okay, I'll Eat Dog Food Under One Condition"
The talk in Washington for two months has largely centered on the need to cut Medicare and Social Security, programs that were fully funded by us, but stolen from a set-aside fund to pay for other government goodies. Very little talk about cutting the fraud out of Medicaid, a program which costs the taxpayers $333 billion per year and is fraught with fraud, waste and abuse, and for which the government does not require the beneficiary to pay a medical co-pay or for premium coverage.
If I were a new immigrant I could apply for Medicaid even though I have paid nothing into the system, having just arrived here. If I were an anchor baby my parents could apply for welfare and Section 8 housing support and WIC and food stamps, and yes, Medicaid, even though I paid nothing into the system.
However, I'm not a newly-arrived green card immigrant. I was born here and started paying into Social Security and Medicaid when I was sixteen years old. For me, that's 47 years worth of contributions. While I am now eligible to receive Social Security I must pay taxes on my Social Security pension. Remember, that was the one I paid for. The deductions came out of my gross annual income every year, which was also taxed as I earned it.
As to my "paid-up" Medicare, I will be relegated to that system soon. As such, I will pay a monthly premium each month to fund my Medicare (yes, the one I paid into for 47 years). I must also pay a co-pay every time I go to the doctor...and to a hospital when I am hospitalized.
If I had quit working a couple of decades ago I could really be "crapping in high cotton" as they say down South. I could just ride Medicaid right into my sunset years and say the hell with having to pay anything!
Nice benefits if you can get them!
Once I am on Medicare, if I was really stupid and wasteful and spent everything I earned in my early years I can get Medicare for free also! They have a program especially for folks who lived for today..and not tomorrow.
But...okay, let me be reasonable here. Let me offer a concession. Since I have had no Social Security raise to keep up with a 20 percent increase in food prices...and $4 dollar per gallon gas, in two years, I'm willing to supplement my diet with a little dog food if the Congress really thinks I need to sacrifice a bit more.
But, I agree to eat dog food, only if Congress passes a bill that audits just ten percent of those folks on Medicaid. If they do, and if the audit shows these folks on Medicaid have big screen televisions, IPODS and IPADs, a late model car and a state of the art video gaming system, then Congress must demand that Medicaid recipients begin to pay Medicaid premiums and doctor and hospital co-pays.
I personally know lots of folks who own all the goodies listed and pay not a dime for the government bennies they are receiving.
Gotta go now...Safeway is running a sale on Alpo.