If it was good enough for Harry Truman it is good enough for me.  President Harry Truman was the first enrolled Medicare recipient. 

I wasn't around when Social Security was enacted in 1937, but I was when Medicaid was put into law in 1965.  I was not paying attention.  I am now.  President Obama may have used the wrong strategy in his 2009 health care reform effort and I am here to put it right.  He has advised me that he is listening to us lonely planet citizens.  He has even given me his personal E-mail address. (1. Below)

Medicare is a single-payer health insurance program.  It is a social insurance program for citizens over age 65.  It is funded by payroll taxes on employers.  The tax is 2.9% or 1.45% contributed by the employee and 1.45% contributed by the employer.  This is known as the FICA tax (an acronym for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act). 

So, we already have a single-payer health insurance plan in the United States and have had for over forty (40) years.  All the sound and fury in the media about this to the contrary is just so much hot error. 

Now, how about the public option?  It is interesting that virtually everyone is automatically eligible for Medicare when they turn 65.  To have another option for those under age 65 to challenge the honesty and integrity of private insurance enterprise seems logical.  If private enterprise is so good and government run health care so bad then why am I so happy with my VA public health option and which is also a government run single-payer program? 

No one talks about the U.S. Health Service.  This is the largest public health care program in the world.  It  is a government run health care program to respond to epidemics, terrorist attacks and other national catastrophes.  If the government is so bad about running a public health care program howcum no one complains about this program?


    Here is what Obama should have done.  He should have simply lowered the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 55 now if we can afford it.  If we can't afford it, then he should lower the eligibility age to whatever age we can now afford.

    Then in years forward we should project lowering the eligibility age below 55 to 45, and so on.  But, only lower it when the country, as a whole, can afford it.

    People below age 64 don't understand Medicare.  It is socialized medical coverage for all of us only we get to keep our current doctor and hospital if we like.  Those of us that are age 64 or older know about Medicare because we get deluged by information from everyone under the sun, often by private insurance vendors who want us to buy supplementary insurance to Medicare that we probably don't need. 

    The challenge is to educate all others, so the screaming can end and we can go back to rational thought.   We all would take comfort from universal health care.  Don't pay attention to those screamers.  Screamers lie!  Rational thought dictates health care reform with a public health care option. 


1.  Dear Friend,

Thank you for your message.  On behalf of President Obama, we appreciate hearing from you.  The President has promised the most transparent administration in history, and we're committed to listening to and responding to you.

In order to better handle the millions of electronic messages we're receiving and respond more quickly, we've implemented a new contact form on our website:


Please note that this web form has replaced comments@whitehouse.gov.  That email address is no longer monitored, so we encourage you to resubmit your message through the link above.  Thank you for using the web form and helping us improve communications with you.


The Presidential Correspondence Team

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 05:06PM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

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