Medicare, why that’s a whole different thing

I drove the bus yesterday.  A warm day filled with the sight of blazing blossoms, green hills and the sound of birds.  The morning after the passage of health care reform.  A day to be thankful for.

And then I bumped into Ralph.  Sitting in the Little House lobby in his usual personality-plus mode, I stopped for some banter.  The subject quickly turned to the health care reform bill.  “What did you think of what went on yesterday?”

With a touch of pique “Awful.  It’s going to cost a fortune.  And for what?”

Cloaking myself in my social justice mode, “Well, 32 million more people will have some insurance.  And folks won’t be cast into the void when they lose their jobs and can’t get coverage because they have cancer.”  Not good enough for Ralph.

Mike, another regular, was sitting close by and joined in.  “Wait til the tax man comes and takes whatever you have left to pay for this thing.  You’ll be singing a different tune.  This thing is a disaster.”

Knowing full-well they do,  I asked “You guys have Medicare?”

Ralph jumped, “Of course, but I pay for it.”

I asked, “And just how do you do that?”  A period of silence.

“Tell you what”, I said.  “You give up your Medicare benefits, take the money you save, and use it to buy Blue Cross coverage.”  Another period of silence.

“And, if you do that, I’ll march in the next Tea Party parade…with a big poster telling folks to shit-can health care reform.”  Permanent silence.

“Let’s have lunch.”

9 Responses to “Medicare, why that’s a whole different thing”

  1. 1 sid March 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Good. Ya told them old geezers!


  2. 2 Mackay March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    My husband, Gary, saw Dr. Carl Gross today re a dogbite wound. He asked Dr. Gross his feelings on the Health Care Reform Bill and Dr. Gross said while there are a lot of things about it he doesn’t like, he feels overall that it is a good Bill because now people won’t be financially ruined if they’re under 65 and get some costly disease like cancer. Of course this is what I’ve been arguing with my husband about all along but it takes a doctor to make him see the light!


  3. 4 Aryna March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Right on, Fred! I am hoping, like Congress and the White House, that stories like yours and Mackay’s get replayed all over the country during the next several months so more folks can “see the light”!


  4. 5 Phil Caruthers March 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Fred, that will be one of the shortest parades on record! By the way, for the sake of the curious, the Reagan speech is available on YouTube at Or you can Google “Ronald Reagan speaks out against socialized medicine”. Like Obama, Reagan was a very powerful speaker.


  5. 6 Gina March 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    You just know how to put things in perspective and in very short sound bytes. Maybe the OVN can give you your own column? 😉

    Thanks for speaking your mind!


  6. 7 Sheila March 24, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Right on Fred! I wore my Obama T shirt to the spinning class at gym this morning and sat next to my most vociferous conservative acquaintance. If looks could kill, I would have fallen off the bike.


  7. 8 Ojaidon March 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Don’t gloat.


  8. 9 Kay March 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    You go get ’em Fred.
    Sounds like when Medicare first came into view. And this shall come to pass.


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