In a health care town hall yesterday, held by Spencer Bachus of Alabama, seniors made up the majority of the audience. This has appeared to be the norm in many other forums taking place during August’s recess as Congress tries to build support and momentum for a government health care option and health care/insurance reform.
Cecil Nepomuceno, 73, of Riverchase carried a sign saying “No Government Health Care.”
Nepomuceno says he feels like older people will lose control of their health care options under Obama’s plan. He was sitting with Barbara Jones, 64, of The Narrows. She said she too was concerned about how senior citizens would be treated. “We’re losing our values,” Jones said.
Knight said she agreed with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s position about the likelihood of government “death panels.”
“The government should never put itself in the position of assisting people in the decision to die,” Knight said. “It undermines our relationship with our government.”
Seniors are the most concerned demographic regarding the health care debate, and it’s no wonder when they make up the largest portion of those who require insurance/medicaid/surgeries & pharmaceuticals. As we age, our health deteriorates, and as our health deteriorates we spend more money on attempting to maintain that health, or at least improve it a little for a better quality of life.
A government takeover could become a nightmare for people like my grandmother whose kitchen table is her medicine cabinet. She struggles with osteoporosis, arthritis, 2 replacement hips, and immobility. She is on multiple drugs and requires home assistance 4 times per week. She refuses a hand out, or any type of help that would keep her in an institution and out of her own home. Nobody is sure of what exactly is written in the health care bill, and rightfully so, people are scared. The cliche “it’s better to be safe than sorry,” is a cliche for a reason. Seniors have the most to lose if somehow the truth does come out that government health care would be rationed and in order to cut costs, those that are the most expensive to keep alive would be let go first. There’s no fear-mongering when mentioning rationing. Why shouldn’t we believe that a government controlled system wouldn’t end up utilizing rationing to offset astronomical costs when this is already done in other countries that have a public health care system?
Seniors have become so distraught and angered over a bill that is being rushed without any representatives reading it thoroughly that many have dropped their AARP memberships. The Obama administration announced that the AARP, a supposed non-partisan group for seniors, had endorsed his health care reform initiative. They back-tracked when there was citizen outrage at the AARP endorsing a partisan piece of legislation. The Obama administration is now stating that the AARP does not endorse the health care bill but they support his initiatives. There really isn’t much difference in either statement, and due to AARP’s partnership with the unions, like SEIU, or AARP’s CEO who contributed 8.9K to Obama’s election campaign, it goes without saying that the AARP is in fact partisan and it is in fact in bed with the left/Obama’s administration.
CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group’s position on health care.
Elaine Guardiani has been with AARP for 14 years, and said, “I’m extremely disappointed in AARP.”
Retired nurse Dale Anderson has 12 years with AARP and said, “I don’t wanna be connected with AARP.”
Many are switching to the American Seniors Association, a group that calls itself the conservative alternative.
Can you honestly blame them? Especially after this town hall in early August where those representing AARP were some of the rudest, excluding Congress, individuals I have seen at a public forum in quite a while?
I’m glad that seniors are taking a stand, voicing their opinions, and making their contributions, or lack thereof, felt far and wide. Americans of all shapes and sizes, colors and creeds, genders and ages, are voicing their opinions in whatever way they can, whether for or against health care, and this is the essence of the philosophy behind democracy and why our founders envisioned a Republic. I have always been proud to be an American but even more so since the tea party movement began!