"It's the job of government, not families, to take care of grandma," says Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
McDermott, appearing on C-SPAN Tuesday, said he opposes cuts to Medicare, the government program that paid his own parents' medical bills: "Now we have a Medicare program, where my father and my father lived to 93, my mother to 97 and my brothers and sisters and I did nothing for them, except pay their taxes."
McDermott said there is no reason to cut Medicare benefits for senior citizens, even though spending will escalate as millions of Baby Boomers come into the program: "So we simply have got to deal with the fact that the population is going to need more spending," he said. "It's not that spending is out of control."
No, it's not out of control when somebody else is paying for it! It's ironic that we defeated the Soviets back when Ronald Reagan was our president, and now we have a president that wants us to be like the Soviets. What happened to the days when grandparents could purchase their own care because they saved all their live's for that special rainy day?
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