Monday, November 16, 2009
Yes, I am thankful at Thanksgiving. I am thankful that my DH is still here after discovering cancer 8 years ago and surviving chemotherapy. I am thankful that he has Medicare plus his Supplemental Insurance from Blue Shield and it is not free. Neither are his medications.
I have heard so much about the National Debt that I am sick of all the complaining. Mind you, this is just MY OPINION. You have the right to disagree in your own Blog and please, if you do disagree, let me know by sending me the link to read Your Blog. I will respect your opinion, please respect mine.
I keep hearing how Medicare is to blame for the National Debt. Well, which one of us would not have lost a parent or grandparent years ago without Medicare? My DH and my Dad would be long gone without the benefits of Medicare - and seniors do pay for this, it comes off the top of their social security. And many like my DH and my Dad are WWII veterans and they really did put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. My Dad lost most of his buddies in his battalion - he saw too much action in Africa and he was at the Normandy landing and no, he is not considered disabled. He worked very hard until retirement as a Pastry Chef, that's a baker of sweets. I am very thankful he is here today. And my DH is a "notch baby" - this is because he was born in 1921 and he receives less to live on than people that never worked and collect SSI. But I am thankful that "we have enough". Being able to live on what we have is a blessing I am truly thankful for.
I hear how Socialized Medicine doesn't work. What do you call Medicaid? Free health-care and food stamps. No, we're not allowed to say Welfare, politically incorrect.
And how about everyone in prison? Do you think prisoners aren't receiving Socialized Medicine? Even prisoners that do not have USA citizenship receive all manner of health-care without paying a dime plus three square meals, air-conditioning and the chance to get a college degree for free. Anyone that can get across our borders will receive free emergency medical care. This is not going to change.
Yes, the National Debt is horrendous. But this is not all about money leaving this country. This is Social Security, SSI, our Prison System, The Senators and Congressmen who do have their own Socialized Medicine, FBI, anyone that receives any form of government payment.
I am not embarrassed to admit, I will not send Ray's Social Security back to help the National Debt.
And while our system is in trouble and the debt comes from spending money before it is collected, I am proud to be an American. And I am thankful to be an American. I am thankful to be a citizen of the United States of America. I don't always agree with everything, but I am always thankful I am not sitting in the Big Chair trying to make all the difficult decisions that affect everyone living in this country. And I am thankful I don't have to live in fear for voicing my opinions.
**edit: I was on Welfare for 9 months when my back went out in 1980 - and I was thankful then to be able to get the medical attention I needed to strengthen my back so I could return to the working world.