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    Should seniors have the freedom to opt out of Medicare?

    Problem: Seniors Aren't Free

    In February 2012, a federal appeals court ruled that Medicare is a “mandatory entitlement,” which means that if a senior citizen doesn't want to be part of Medicare, the senior will lose his or her Social Security benefits. According to this ruling, in order to receive Social Security benefits, the elderly MUST also be enrolled in Medicare (specifically, Medicare Part A hospital insurance).

    Our representatives in Congress never voted to tie Medicare and Social Security together in this way. Unelected bureaucrats in the Clinton administration made this regulation in 1993, and the Bush administration continued the policy.

    The Clinton-Bush regulation is incompatible with a free society. Seniors are being forced to accept inferior-quality health insurance in order to receive their Social Security benefits. They’re trapped. In a free society, seniors would be able to choose between Medicare and private health insurance without penalty.

    Solution: Retirement Freedom Act

    To solve this problem, I urge you to contact your congressional representatives and ask them to cosponsor the Retirement Freedom Act. Introduced in the Senate by Sen. DeMint of South Carolina and in the House by Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas, the bill would allow individuals to choose to opt out of Medicare. (The bill numbers are S. 1317 in the Senate and H.R. 2435 in the House.)

    The Retirement Freedom Act will restore seniors’ personal liberty to maintain a health care plan of their choice and save taxpayer dollars in the process.

    The bill would eliminate the link between senior’s Social Security benefits and Medicare. This means that a senior could opt out of Medicare and still receive their Social Security benefits.

    For more information, contact me dclancy@freedomworks.org.

    Act Now!

    This issue boils down to a simple question: In a free society, who should make personal health care decisions? You, or the government?

    Individuals must be given the freedom to opt out of Medicare.

    TAKE ACTION: Tell your Congressmen and Senators to cosponsor the DeMint-Johnson Retirement Freedom Act.

    Dean Clancy is FreedomWorks' Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy

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    8 comments
    Joshua Burgess
    02/25/2012

    I think people should be able to opt out of social security, too. Just my honest opinion. :)

    monty wono
    02/27/2012

    It's good to be honest Joshua but it's not good to form opinions based on nothing but political ideology and rightwing propaganda. There are very good reasons why all citizens have to be coerced into playing their part in a capitalist system. Learn about that Joshua and your opinion may change.

    James Tapella
    02/25/2012

    When it comes to MY healthcare, I will make decisions for myself, not the FEDERAL government. What part of this Constitutional approach to healthcare do objectors to opting out of Medicare don't understand?

    monty wono
    02/27/2012

    Dennis, your misunderstanding, as with others who think like you do, is in thinking that all the money you make is yours. It's not Dennis. If it was then there would be no money for building roads, etc.

    No Dennis, you haven't thought it through yet. The capitalist system is not all about you making money off the sweat of other's labor, it's about all people sharing the sweat of their labors to make a system work. And it can work Dennis!

    Also Dennis, if you think I support people's rights to not buy healthcare insurance then you have it wrong. The whole point is that if people are allowed to take a chance and then sponge off of other taxpayers when they fall ill, then the system will continue to fail. And Dennis, there's no doubt the US heatlhcare system is failing. Not to mention that it's costing people like you who want to keep all their money a lot of 'their' money.

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    Dennis Jones
    02/26/2012

    Behind door #3 Monty....glad to see your concern for taxpayers when it comes to people exercising their rights to not purchase healthcare, but it obviously goes out the window when it comes to taking the money I sweat for and giving it to second and third generation welfare recipients. Government can do it better with my money, since the Great Depression, followed by failure after failure = DOGMA

    monty wono
    02/26/2012

    It's not a lack of understanding James, it's an understanding of what the consequences would be for people without healthcare. And of course it's an understanding of how other taxpayers have to foot the bill for those who don't buy insurance.
    It becomes a simple matter of those concerns trumping the imagined violation of people's constitutional rights. That's why your dogmatic approach fails James.

    monty wono
    02/25/2012

    Oh please, give it up for gawd sake. Obamacare is going to lower the cost of healthcare for everyone and start to make healthcare affordable. Even republicans were for pretty much the same as Obamacare before Obama did it. The arguments for argument sake are old and tired now. Obamacare is a reality that's here to stay. America will be better for it and so will the taxpayers.

    monty wono
    02/25/2012

    Freedom works! Freedom from the expense of paying for the health care of useless louts who won't buy insurance will also work. Celebrate it and forget that it doesn't suit your politics. It suits your pocketbook!

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