Scaring Grandma – The Whitehouse Plan
So Senator Whitehouse staked out another senior citizens home for the purpose of discussing proposals that would reform Medicare (specifically Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan) and social security. Predictably, the seniors don’t like the idea.
Rita Carbon, 80, of Cumberland, a retired high school secretary, said, “We don’t want Social Security to go with Wall Street.” Her husband, Joseph Carbon, 83, a retired office manager, said after the hearing, “We want Social Security to stay as it is.” And Roland Vigeant, 68, of Tiverton, a retired contractor, said, “I think the way Medicare is right now is fine.”
…Judy Moschella, 68, of Greenville, a retired sales representative, to come to Wednesday’s hearing. “I’m concerned they’re making cuts in Social Security and Medicare,” she said.
Whitehouse characterized some of the proposed changes as “potentially devastating,” telling the crowd, “We must continue to demonstrate the critical nature of programs on which American seniors depend . … We will protect our promises to our seniors.”
We’ve seen this playbook before. Somehow I doubt it was made clear that the reforms wouldn’t affect anyone 55 years old and up. A recent poll shows that a majority of seniors favor Ryan’s plan, but there are some who say they want to protect future generations.
Audrey Brett, 85, of Middletown, formerly of Manchester, Conn., who said, “I have never had a complaint with Medicare — it is always available to me and always delivers what it is committed to do.” But she said she fears that future beneficiaries may be impoverished if even a portion of Medicare is privatized.
“For all those Americans who worked, paid their taxes, added to the betterment of this country, served in military and civil service — we cannot let them live and die in poverty,” she said.
I’m pretty sure that no one is going to live in poverty, especially anyone over 55, who will still benefit from the current system. I’m also sure that the mindset evinced by the above seniors isn’t going to change. Regardless, the current system isn’t going to magically keep going without the future generations–for whom some of these seniors claim to want to vouchsafe these programs–paying more. And even then there’s no guarantee.