She called tonight complaining about her health care and the fact that the Medicare Supplement only closes the gap on what Medicare already covers. She thought her $9.00 a month would pay for the stuff that Medicare doesn't cover. She thinks she's getting ripped off.
She is going to shop around for insurance policies that she thinks she can get on the open market that will provide a 78 year old woman who has preexisting conditions that include losing a breast to cancer, high blood pressure, degenerative myopia and mild dementia with coverage better than Medicare for less money.
She doesn't realize that what she thinks she can do is impossible. But there is no shortage of unscrupulous insurance sales reps who get paid on commission who will be only too happy to feed on her fear, sell her a policy she can't afford, send her to a collection agency and leave her without any health care at all when she can't pay. Because that's how the unregulated free market economy works.
In the future, if Republicans like Paul Ryan have their way, my mom wouldn't get jack shit other than a fixed amount voucher, a URL and a "Good luck! Go figure it out for yourself. Because we don't give a fuck."
Throwing American senior citizens under the bus, letting them curl up and die if they get sick because they couldn't figure out how to make enough money so that in their retirement they could afford to make rich young doctors richer isn't my idea of America.
Is it yours?
If it is, vote for Romney and hope you will wind up like him with millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains stashed in offshore tax havens.
But if you truly think that America at least aspires to be the greatest nation on Earth, then vote for Obama and the party who thinks EVERY AMERICAN deserves to grow old with dignity and good health without bankrupting their friends and family.