By Alex Gonzalez
Healthcare is a very hot issue for seniors. The reason, seniors need Medicare and Social Security, and thus, politicians from both parties have to pander to seniors who vote for candidate that will keep the flow of Entitlements on Medicare and Social Security. In this scheme, there is no difference between Tea Partiers and Liberal AARpiers, all 50-plus years of age, since they both groups work to keep the current status-quo, and vote in large number to protect their federal programs. Thus, perhaps the best alternative is the plan by Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to shutdown government to defund Obamacare. A government shutdown means the we don have to make payment to Medicare Social Security and Obamacare, which could be a good way of saving money.
The federal government collects about $2.3 trillion in revenue annually, but our budget is about $3.2 trillion. Hence, the annual legislative dance and bickering of raising the debt ceiling just to fund our “mandatory” programs on healthcare services.
Therefore, ObamaCare (healthcare), Medicare and Social Security are the true culprits of fiscal our woes; Americans have developed an addiction to federal programs even though American on Medicare and Social Security pay only about 38% for such services they receive,; all these Entitlement services corrupt “freedom” and free enterprise. Or as Nicholas Eberstadt from the American Enterprise Institute argues, Entitlements are corrupting our national character and cripples our economy.
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Medicaid–a program for the poor and young–has an estimated annual cost of $250 billion (plus $168 billion the cost of ACA when is fully implemented by 2018) yet we never talk about restricting access to Medicare and Social Security, which cost the government almost $2 trillion each year.
When you divide $2 trillion into twelve months, monthly disbursement of Entitlements is about $170 billion Thus, any government shutdown even it is for a month could save the U.S. Treasury about $170 billion. So if Tea Partier senators Cruz and Lee are serious about cutting govern waste, they may have a good argument to shutdown government to defund ObamaCare, Medicare and Social Security.Alex Gonzalez is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote! He received a Bachelors Degree and a Masters’ Degree, with emphasis in American politics, from San Francisco State University. comments to firstname.lastname@example.org follow us on facebook and twitter