What's not to love? But first, some disclaimers:
Tea Party thinking is more like that of Taliban fanatics than level-headed Americans.
Liberals live somewhere in some pie in the sky and wouldn't recognize fiscal responsibility if it fell on them.
Democrats and Republicans' primary agenda is to get elected, so anything they say is self-serving and suspect.
However, when it's all said and done, if I had to label myself, I'd say I'm a Common Sense, Issues First, Centrist Democrat. OK, enough disclaimers.
I'm over 65 and I collect Medicare. And boy, do I love my Medicare. I have a Humana Medicare Advantage plan. There are no clinics. Every doctor I was using before, is in their network and I go to their offices, like before. I pay specialists a $10 copay. My RX drugs are free. I have hospital benefits. I have a gym membership. There's a visiting nurse service. There are eye exam and eye glasses benefits. There's no deductible and I pay $125/month. It's the best health care plan I've ever had.
Humana's regular health insurance plan, for a guy my age, would be about $1500/month + a large deductible and herein lies the point of this blog: The US taxpayers are picking up about $18,000/year for my premiums, PLUS the cost of the health care itself. And I'M JUST ONE PERSON. It's no wonder we're broke.
Am I going to voluntarily give this up? Are you nuts? Hey, I'm entitled. So thank you America. Thank you, thank you. Thank you.
We now return fiscal sanity to my accountant, who told me to shut up and take the money and run (before the Democrats and Liberals figure this out).