Dear Mr. Miller,
On one hand, I agree with you that it would not be fair to continue to
receive Medicare if you won a large lottery landfall prize. However,
on the other hand, what if a person won the 1 million dollars, paid
the 25-28% IRS tax and ended up with $700,000.00 or so in cash, but the
insurance companies will not insure the person because of their
pre-existing medical condition ??? The $700,000.00 could be gone in
only ONE serious medical emergency !!!
Most other countries of the world do not look at medical insurance the
way we do (for profit only) and if you won a lottery prize in any of
them, you would still get FREE medical insurance and still keep your
lottery winnings. This is a sign-of-the-times agenda that shows how
greedy some people (mostly republicans) can be in the United States of
America. It also shows how uncaring and uncharitable we are, when it
comes to the disabled. A person who is able to work a full time job
without physical difficulties sometimes takes their good health for
granted and never gives a thought to how it would be if they were
totally disabled; unable to work and pay for food, shelter and all the
many expenses that go along with living.
In addition, if a disable person worked all of their life, until they
became disabled, they have contributed every day they have worked to
the SSDI fund. This is THEIR money we are talking about here, not the
taxpayer's money. Just because some crooked politicians (from either
side of the aisle) have been dipping into SS funds, in one corrupt way
or another, does not mean that a disable or retired SS contributing
person should be held responsible for the funds becoming low.
The whole idea of SSDI, SSI and SS income was for the average worker to
contribute small amounts to the fund, the government then would invest
that money properly and when if the person became disabled or retired
at the appropriate age, they would be SECURE in their financial social
status Thus the name of SOCIAL SECURITY was adopted for the system.
Medicare is truly a taxpayer contributed insurance, but the DISABLED
person was (and still is, in most cases) a contributing person to
Medicare. I know because i am on SSDI and I work 2 days a week at a
business-baby-sitting job and the government takes out money to support
my Medicare every week from my very small paycheck. Perhaps it would be
fair for a lottery winning Medicare person to contribute more to
Medicare, but to say they are not worthy of receiving it, frankly
causes me to be insulted and angry. We should ALL be supportive of
each other's healthcare.
The whole argument against UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE is filled with LIE
after LIE from those who oppose it !!! I know all about the health
care system in Canada, because I experienced it once, while visiting
there, and I talk with my Canadian customers on a daily basis about it.
I did not have to wait on medical assistance, did not have to pay one
penny for it or the drugs they gave me and I have never had even ONE of
my Canadian customers say they were dissatisfied with UNIVERSAL
HEALTHCARE IN CANADA.
The REAL TRUTH about why republicans reject UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE is
because of their investments into major insurance companies. Insurance
companies have ONLY one thing in mind; MAKING MONEY and lots of it.
They try everything they can possibly think of to NOT PAY A CLAIM, but
will cancel a policy in a New York second, if a person is one day late
on a premium payment, or if they can figure out a way to get out of
paying a claim !!! I know this to be true, because I worked for CIGNA
before I became disabled and I can assure you that it was the most
corrupt, deceiving and greedy organization I have ever worked for in my
life !!! There are plenty of true stories about insurance companies,
that would make Satan himself blush, but I have experienced them FIRST
I mention this only to indicate that if any of my disabled friends were
to win a huge lottery windfall, I would be glad and honored to continue
contributing to Medicare in their behalf !!! WHY??? Because they ARE
DISABLED and I know how it feels to be cast aside, ignored, made fun
of, harassed, degraded, demeaned and run over because of it.
TRULY WE SHOULD ALL LEARN FROM THE PEOPLE OF GREAT BRITAIN AND MOST
OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD; OUR FELLOW CITIZEN'S HEALTH SHOULD BE
EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION IS.
Mr. Miller, if you became disabled, I would not mind contributing my tax dollars to
help you, no matter how wealthy you are....or become !!!