Long before Obamacare, was Medicare, which the government/health insurance companies eagerly force on you at retirement. You can’t even use a separate plan after 65, unless working. So that’s the first insurance mandate… Didn’t see that go to the Supreme Court.
Bob Montgomery wrote a short, but excellent simple synopsis regarding Medicare: “Obamacare, Trumpcare, Medicare, and “We, the Entitled”
Good luck finding a doctor who takes Medicare (let alone Medicaid) these days. And the treatment you get with a Medicare plan is rationed, along with almost rude behavior as if we’re wastrels living on the government dole. Yet we’ve been paying insurance premiums for decades, without ever using that Medicare benefit until after age 65 (or earlier retirement).
It’s similar to the way they talk about Social Security – as an “entitlement” program. We’ve paid for decades into SS, it’s not a freebie entitlement – we paid into it, we earned it. Social Security was supposed to be our “pension” guarantee for retirement after a life of gainful employment. A lifetime of hard work – when people worked and didn’t demand a welfare check.
Getting our Social Security after 40-50 years of working shouldn’t make us appear as beggars – but it’s the same mindset being foisted out there. Adding insult to injury, they take a payment (premium) from the social security check to pay for that Medicare “Insurance.” So folks already living on a fixed income, lose precious dollars to pay even more for something they’d already been paying for. It might not be so bad, except that those Social Security retirement checks doesn’t stretch very far[…]