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View Diary: Re: Social Security and Medicare, My letter to President Obama (24 comments)

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  •  Yours is better than mine, but here's mine: (13+ / 0-)

    I voted for you, President Obama, and I worked for your campaign phone banking in states like Indiana and Pennsylvania and registering 6000 new voters in my  county, San Mateo, CA. I have worked hard to trust you despite my misgivings about many of your policies. The cynical shut out of single payer advocates and the use of lobbyists to write the bill in the run up to the ACA disgusted me. Since it passed, my union healthcare payments have gone up 300% and my co-pays have gone up 100%. I didn't complain. I was willing to eat it so people without healthcare could get it.
    Now you want to change the way my Social Security is calculated. You want to open the door to the destruction of Social Security by changing it into a welfare program instead of a Social Insurance program. I don't get Social Security yet, but I will in August. I applied early because I knew it was in danger. With your plan, I not only take a 10% cut, I take increasingly higher cuts over my remaining life span. And that's just Social Security. I haven't been able to look at what you plan to do to Medicare and Medicaid. I'll have to take one of my antihypertensive meds before I can look at the rest of your plans for America's seniors, disabled, children and veterans. You are certainly eroding my faith in the power of government to do good. I'm beginning to believe in the power of government to distort and destroy good policy to benefit a few rich and powerful people.
    I'm drawing my line in the sand. If Social Security and/or Medicare is harmed in the passage of the budget, I will not vote for you or any Democrat who supports your plan.
    My advice to you-call the Republicans' bluff on the debt ceiling. And don't touch either Social Security or Medicare  right now.
    This is an old one. I wrote one more recently but can't find it. In the newer one I mentioned that we made 250,000 calls from our Dem Volunteer Center in San Mateo County to elect President Obama. We called Colorado, Nevada, etc.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam> "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Edna St.V. Millay

    by slouching on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:28:36 AM PST

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