Medicare & Me
Posted November 4, 2016on:
I am not a jealous person. I don’t begrudge others anything I don’ t have. It is not a way for anyone to live healthy.
But knowing my childhood friend Shelly is now 65 as of today and was eligible for Medicare as of November 1, gives me a moment’s pause. No, not really. I hope she does not need to use it much and when she does it is helpful.
I have long joked that “when I grow up I want to be on Medicare.” I envision it not as an entitlement as some want to disparage it as being. It is something as citizens and even noncitizens have paid into all our working lives. We paid ahead for those who came before us. The idea was not to bankrupt older people when they become sick.
Who are those older people? My hand happens to be up at this moment and yours might be soon or a long time from now. It’s no different than paying our taxes to support roads, schools, police and so on.
Health care should be a utility where we each get a level of service so we don’t have to worry about the doctor’s bill or mortgage. The problem with Obamacare is in order to pacify the insurance and drug companies, their greed and a certain party’s absolute hunger for power remained a force for eight years against doing something for this basic need of human beings. And yet, I do not begrudge the millions and millions of people who now have insurance through Obamacare. I met those people prior to Obamacare when I was a volunteer at the free clinic in La Crosse.
Do I wish I did not have to wait 11 more months to get Medicare? You betcha. But as far as my friend Shelly, and my friend Cindy who turned 65 in the fall, I can only say to you what my Jewish aging aunts said about anything they gave me, “Use it in good health.”