Kill Medicare, put it out of its misery.
It's about to die anyway,
As the program runs out of funds
Contributed by the payroll tax.
People forget that it was a creation
By LBJ to take care of the old folks
Who were subsisting on dog food,
So that they could pay their medical bills.
Now it is a monstrous health scheme
Covering a sector of the population, many of
Whom may be able to afford private insurance
But are required to buy the national plan.
The politicians are tackling health care
Backwards, as Massachusetts has proved.
The problem is not that people who can't afford
Health insurance must be subsidized to purchase it.
The problem is that too many people
Lack access to affordable health care.
Starting from that direction leads to
Consideration of all elements involved.
Then the issue of payment becomes
A battle between the opposite poles of
Nationalizing health care providers or
Paying them to take care of those in need.
Now we have the worst of both worlds,
Where providers are undercompensated for
Taking care of senior citizens and the poor,
While the taxpayers pay the bills for both.
No can predict the outcome of various proposals.
Instead, spectors are raised to scare the voters.
While we seniors refuse to accept the fact that
We are no longer entitled to a free ride.
- ► 2013 (13)