Mitt Romney Won’t Enroll In Medicare And Doesn’t Want Anybody Else To Either
Who cares about the poor anyways or the elderly...Romney says he is focused on the middleclass, really?
what middleclass? Mr. Romney...you are so out of touch with your country you do not deserve to be president
middleclass is disappearing...
Mitt Romney hasn’t explained his announcement yesterday that he won’t be enrolling in Medicare despite turning but as Jonathan Cohn points out, Romney is at least practicing what he preaches. Romney supports Paul Ryan’s
plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program, a plan that would effectively end Medicare as we know it, and Romney putting his money where his mouth is by deciding against enrolling.
Romney’s decision is a window into the future that he promises to deliver. Instead of a Medicare program that directly
provides coverage, Romney wants seniors to obtain coverage from private insurers. Depending on their income personal wealth, a portion of that coverage would be subsidized, but the guaranteed coverage of Medicare would eliminated.
The fact that Romney was able to forego the Medicare system without penalty or punishment puts the lie to the that government health care programs are tyrannical. That’s an important fact to point out, because even though senior who doesn’t want Medicare coverage could walk away from the system, just like Mitt Romney did, the
overwhelming majority of them don’t—and that’s a testament to the effectiveness of Medicare.
But even though Medicare works, Mitt Romney wants to end the program as we know it. He wants Medicare to be
transformed into a voucher provider, subsidizing private insurance plans instead of directly covering medical care. 99 percent of Americans, it would be a radical overhaul, raising costs and making it difficult if not impossible to insurance. Given his means, Romney would do fine in such a system. That’s basically the system he’s living in but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize most people can’t afford what he can afford. And if Medicare were
privatized as he proposes, that’s exactly what he would force every American senior to do.
If you’re only concerned about personal benefit, Medicare might not turn out to be the best deal in the world for
someone like Mitt Romney, who is fabulously wealthy and doesn’t need the coverage. But even the Mitt Romneys the world are better off living in a society where senior citizens have the security of health care coverage that Medicare
provides. If we were to adopt Mitt Romney’s proposal to turn it into a voucher system, Medicare would no longer
provide it’s greatest benefit of all: the peace of mind that comes with knowing that every single senior citizen has health care coverage they need.