Since Ryan has a problem with what he is called entitlements then he should get out and earn some of his own. As a 100% service connected disabled Vietnam Veteran I am a victim of the biggest government health scam there is - the Veterans Administration. Of course Ryan knows this . Ryan knows this but continues even to deny that VA care, by nature of our country’s contract with those it sent to war is part of the compensation due for our involuntary service to the profits of the MIC. While Ryan et al tout that VA benefits are entitlements they are simply part of the human right to receive healthcare no matter our financial status. Both the VA System and Medicare are set up to merely Manage Death at the least cost possible. With the VA system killing/letting us die usually takes the form of withholding or providing very broad based care where cost over treatment is the ONLY consideration. And now that we are being plagued by the Phony Opioid Crisis the VA denies even pain relief to the vast majority of us (another propaganda ploy to keep us divided since addiction is only a problem for a small percentage of those of us who legitimately need and use pain management - including your grandparents). For those of us who “dare” to raise hell about our lack of care then we are vilified. In my case, even though I am a 100% and was only demanding care for service connected injuries VA workers inserted false medical notes painting me as a terrorist. I supposedly threatened to harm doctors and others treating me. Merely raise your voice to a VA doctor, nurse, or other worker can and most often does result in immediate arrest by federal VA police and being hauled off to county jail. The lesson: Shut up or you will be subject to the full weight of the draconian laws involving the overblown US instigated War On Terrorism.
The Medicare System, which I also have, only functions today because it is being run by and for the profits of the good old Health Insurance Industry. Unless one has lots of money one must buy one of these insurance plans to even skim a few earned benefits off of the top. The Medical Industrial Complex is a price fixing organization that does nothing more than ration what little care it does dispense. As in all things with our society there MUST BE PROFITS!!! Unfortunately under the corrupt for profit system of Medicare the average senior is faced with monthly decisions about which medicine to buy, which doctors to see and how much of their meager income goes where just to keep on treading water. The real kicker is when Grandpa gets “really sick” or as the health insurance industry calls it “The End Of Life Scenario” or the last 6 months. At that point in time Grandpa, and especially the family’s finances are probably better off in investing in morphine or other opiods from the street and spending a few pain free months as the drugs help expedite the end. In our society the End Of Life Scenario should not be a time of medical torture but one of at least passing with human dignity and not in service to profits.
Sorry Mr. Reich, Medicare has already been destroyed. It is simply another Health Insurance Enrichment Act which along with Obamacare serves Wall Street’s immoral profit schemes. As long as we believe in the VA, Medicare, Medicaid, CHAMPS or private health insurance we are nothing more than the cannon fodder of the Medical Industrial Complex where we are no longer human beings but merely interchangeable flesh bags symbolizing The God Almighty Dollar! We do not need to Save Medicare! We need to kick the private sector out of health care (yes both of the Corportist Parties are in the process of converting the VA system into a Medicare style profit center). Mr. Reich if you really want to change things then the very first thing you need to do is to reject both wings of our Wall Street Owned One Party System (WOOPS) and help build a party that represents We, The Rabble! Sort of like the pre-Clinton Democrats used to do.