Don't be fooled
AARP has joined with Barack Obama to trick senior citizens into believing that the Romney/Ryan plan will destroy Medicare "as we know it." We have already been told that Medicare will be bankrupt by 2024 if changes are not made immediately.
Obamacare will eliminate Medicare Advantage insurance plans in 2013, which means millions of senior citizens will have to purchase a supplementary insurance plan to cover the 20 percent that Medicare does not cover. Obama referred to Medicare Advantage plans as insurance subsidies when he was questioned about the $716 billion being taken from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.
Medicare Advantage plans such as Wellcare and Humana are offered by private insurance companies that provide the standard hospitalization and medical coverage of Medicare Part A and Part B. In some cases, the plan may include prescription drug coverage.
AARP wants you to lose Medicare Advantage because they can then try to persuade millions of seniors to purchase their supplementary insurance coverage. That coverage will cost seniors $130 to $200 each month and does not cover drug prescriptions. Seniors will have to purchase some type of drug prescription coverage, which can be very expensive.
The Romney/Ryan plan will save Medicare. This plan would not apply to seniors age 55 and older. For future seniors, individuals would receive "premium support" totaling about $11,000 per person, which could be used to buy personalized insurance much like members of the U.S. Congress.
Don't be fooled by AARP. They are in it for the money and are not telling you the truth.
Goal is the same
Regarding Lewis W. Diuguid's "A silent addiction" (Other Views, Sept 20): I'm disappointed you printed this drivel. Why not just refer readers to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto?
In Diuguid's call to treat "wealth addiction," he makes sweeping and denigrating generalizations about the motivations of the wealthy and those who aspire to be so. He bases his characterizations on observations by an unnamed "friend" who grew up wealthy and an article by Philip Slater, who taught sociology at Harvard, UCSC and Brandeis, from where he resigned to lead "encounter groups" and "personal growth" workshops at a nonprofit "growth center." Slater's other pursuits included play-writing, documentaries, merchant seaman, actor, business consultant, cookie salesman, theater president and marriage officiant (no doubt at his "growth center").
Amid a selection of Slater's unsubstantiated and absurd opinions, Lewis sprinkles an incohesive smattering of insults at congressional Republicans, America's first settlers, white indentured servants, Confederate soldiers and recreational gamblers — again generalizing and mischaracterizing in an unflattering way their motivations.
In reference to Slater: It's amazing how some individuals who seem unsettled in their own lives or pursuits find it so easy to criticize and lecture others who are focused and comfortable with their accomplishments or goals. And it's even more amazing how their solutions always seek to tear down and take from the objects of their criticisms so they can wander aimlessly from one pursuit to another without worrying about the "necessities of life such as food ... which should be 'attainable' (i.e., given) to all." As Nancy Pelosi said to a group of "artists," "We passed health care so you wouldn't have to worry about it, and you could be free to concentrate on your craft."
So the presentation, arguments and monikers (plutomaniacs?) may have been nuanced, but the goal is the same for these listless, envious philosophers, sociologists and pundits: equality in outcome, not in opportunity; and Utopia for all, personal freedom for none. I guess knowledge and understanding of world history and human nature are not prerequisites for a sociology degree.
Our "entitlement addiction" is the real "hazard" to this country.
New Port Richey
Sticking it to fans
NFL owners and their commissioner have shown their true colors. All they care about is squeezing as much money as they can out of their players, officials, fans and in many NFL cities, taxpayers. They didn't care what happened to our game when they locked out the referees. They wanted to squeeze a few dollars out of the pockets of their employees to put it in their own. It had nothing to do with the game and everything to do about owner greed.
This won't be the last time NFL owners stick it to the fans. Maybe we ought to lock them out by skipping a game or two, switching the channel or buying products the NFL isn't selling. Let's remind them: It's the fans who allow them the privilege to peddle their product to the masses. Hit them in the pocketbook, and maybe NFL owners will think twice before they mess with our game again.