They'll hear us at last ...
March 22, 2010 - Lee Smith
The people who have brought you the federal health care bill have been talking of their pride in passing a piece of legislation that is as historic as Medicare and Social Security, the medical program and retirement program for seniors, respectively.
This is fascinating. They view these programs as successes. How can that be?
Social Security is broke. Right now. Today. And Medicare — touted as a low-cost benefit that quickly burst its budget — faces a bleaker future. All totaled, the two programs are tens of trillions of dollars in the red. What myopic fantasies could lead someone to believe that national health care is not going to be a financial disaster as well?
Oh well, we'll just fix things as we go, they argue. Really? How? When? Are they going to cut benefits, raise taxes? Both? How will that work? How will people pay and suffer when national health care faces the same demise?
The nation will have one final chance to reverse this sick course. This November. Those who gave us national health care don't care what we think. We will have to make sure they hear us loud and clear.