Liberal commentator Rachel Maddow of MSNBC has just come out ridiculing the man who had his finger bitten off by a MoveOn.org protestor. The victim—an anti-Obamacare protestor—was treated at a hospital where a spokeswoman said he was covered by Medicare. Maddow thinks this is funny since the man relies on government health insurance while protesting against it. (Wry smirk on her face at this point.) Then she goes into a lecture on the history of Medicare covering several minutes in which she missed a couple of important details:
First, truth is, seniors are essentially extorted if they do not enroll in Medicare at age 65. Sure, it’s “voluntary” enrollment, the government doesn’t force you to enroll. But if you don’t you forfeit social security benefits by law. While I’m opposed to both Social Security and Medicare in principle, it would be stupid not to get back the 7.5% of your income that the government took from you for your entire adult life. In addition, you pay additional taxes for Medicare all your life, and it would be nice to have that money back as well.
But in addition to losing SS benefits if you reject Medicare A, you also must repay all Medicare and SS benefits received if you ever decide to cancel later! Details are here.
So it’s hardly “voluntary medical insurance,” as Lyndon Johnson told worshipful master Truman. No. It’s a racket. They rape you of 15.3% (counting both employer and employee halves) of your income throughout your life, and then tell you that you can’t have any of it back unless you submit to their health insurance alone. Plus…
It’s broke. In her praise of the Johnson-Truman show and her pride in herself for being clever, Maddow forgot to mention this part. You’ve heard all the talk about SS and Medicare facing bankruptcy in the next few years. Well, it’s already happened for Medicare—busted, last year. According to their own accounting, Medicare will pay out more than it receives in taxes this year as it did in 2008, and the future is only downhill unless the taxes are hiked or benefits cut.
So despite her mocking the man who lost his finger protesting health care reform—mocking him because he currently relies on government health insurance—she actually helps highlight the arguments against government-run healthcare. If Medicare’s the model, Obamacare will be tyrannical, unfair, and it’ll run us all out of money in a matter of years. Thanks for making the connection Maddow. I wish you could see it.