Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Expanding Medicare

Donald Trump Jr. claimed: "We're going to elect a President, who will repeal and replace Obamacare without leaving our most vulnerable citizens without health care, and who will do it without destroying Medicare for seniors as Hillary Clinton has proposed."

Earlier this month, Clinton tweaked a proposal to expand Medicare as an option to adults as young as 50.  Some conservative suggested that proposal would destroy Medicare, since it invites more people into an already overloaded system.

Fox News commentator Betsy McCaughey insisted: "Medicare is stretched so thin to meet the needs of today's seniors that expanding enrollment is like inviting the neighborhood for dinner when you don't have enough to feed your own kids."  Shouldn’t helping the entire neighborhood of our sick and elderly be a moral obligation?

Medicare has a serious solvency problems, and is currently set to run out of funds by 2028.  And, it would seem likely that any expansion of the program would exacerbate that problems and shorten the life of the Medicare.  However, it has become a very popular program, and it’s unlikely that our next president and members of Congress would allow Medicare to go bankrupt.  I’m confident that they’ll look for ways to strengthen the program.

Despite criticism by Ronald Reagan, the program has continued to expand under both Democrats and Republicans since its creation in 1966.  Actually, small-government conservatives such as Reagan, Nixon and George W. Bush have expanded it.

Donald Trump Jr’s claim that Hillary Clinton’s proposal would destroy Medicare is ridiculous.  She hasn’t proposed to destroy Medicare, and has repeatedly expressed an intent to expand it.  Although, an expansion of Medicare might strain the system, it is highly unlikely the system would be allowed to collapse.  By the way, when will Trump provide specifics on how he’ll replace Obamacare? 


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