Such disturbing trends are underscored by the significant disconnect between the medical care working class workers receive compared to those with Medicare. Since many employers have discontinued offering health insurance coverage to workers, more people with full time jobs receive no benefits at all. Combined with the unemployed, nearly one quarter of American citizens lack any health insurance coverage at all.
Many workers, frustrated with any lack of compromise in Washington, are now turning their sights to a government mandated payment that helps to fund Medicare. Such blog chatter includes comments such as “senior citizens do not want Obamacare or me to have health insurance, but they want me to pay for their health insurance coverage.” Others are questioning why senior citizens have so boldy voiced their disgust with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and why AARP has not been more vocal in supporting such a national policy.
Although legal scholars are debating what the Supreme Court Justices may decide in June, the bigger issue remains as to how their ruling will eventually impact Medicare. Medicare is funded by an individual mandate in which all workers must pay into a fund for their future health care expenses as they enter their golden years. Primarily because today’s senior citizens have underfunded Medicare by 300%, the future of this entitlement program is in jeopardy for future generations. This too is another reason why young workers are questioning why they must pay into a severely underfunded system that may not even exist in the future.
From observing many of the discussions occurring across the web in regards to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Health Care Reforms believes that a growing disconnect may turn into another form of class warfare in which young workers refuse to pay any individual mandates to fund Medicare. Being the complex and evolving issues it is, the much awaited Supreme Court ruling in June may have unintentional consequences that set the precedent to end Medicare completely. Such consequences would be devastating and could potentially create another obstacle for our national economy to overcome.
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