To The Daily Sun,
I have read some interesting articles in regard to health care and nursing homes recently. There has been much talk of funding for non-profit nursing homes by many different groups of people, especially the baby boomer generation.
These are the children of the "greatest generation of America", according to many Americans.
Lately, they have been quite vocal in regards to health care in this country, and it's by no coincidence, as many are reaching the age where they will need advanced health care. I wanted to inform folks of a disturbing misconception about how unfortunate our elders are in this country.
We know this by the recent passage of the ACA and the buzz regarding the Expanded Medicaid portion. From here on, I will refer to the boomers and their parents (and mine) as "my elders" because they are my elders.
For example, my elders had access to health care as equally as the rest of the people in the country in their time. This has changed dramatically since. We also know health care costs currently are extremely more over-inflated compared to economic times of past. My elders also passed legislation to raise the age of retirement from 62 to 65 to 66 to 72 and whatever it is now. However, most of my elders were able to retire at age 55 or soon after. Many were stay-at-home moms. Many who did work were able to have one job their entire lives, if that is what they preferred. Most of my elders had better opportunities when things weren't so complicated.
Most of my elders watched their property and possessions multiply in growth and worth. Most of my elders watched their stocks; retirement funds, etc multiply in growth and worth. My elders received pensions. As a matter of fact, the elders own 80 percent of the wealth in the world at this time. The elders also receive a multitude of tax breaks and discounts.
Most of my elders had the opportunities to have decent careers and work their way up and become leaders of business by gaining experience. They had several weeks of vacation, usually taking at least one trip a year. There were raises, bonuses and did I mention pensions? Much different than the single-parent world of today. Working class people today are unable to be "hippies" or draft dodgers like my elders. My elders were able to find resources and time to fight for woman's rights and civil rights.
Now, my elders are concerned about losing their nursing home privileges. I have my own opinions on nursing homes based on years of experience and would love to share them with anyone who is interested. Doing away with non-profit status by lowering business tax would create revenue from business tax as well as property taxes. Imagine the money we could "find" from doing away with people and businesses not paying taxes.
One of our local representatives wrote a letter stating that "82 percent of Medicaid recipients are able-bodied and childless". I find that hard to believe and I am sure someone skewed those numbers. Society is overwhelmed with taking care of children and the elderly, as well as the medical coverage for the incarcerated.
There are plenty of parents working that have kids who are covered by Medicaid. Many even have their own business or work under the table. College students are on Medicaid when they should have insurance through school tuition. Some of us "able-bodied" actually suffer in silence and have no one to help us. As a homeowner (and taxpayer) we have to clear snow, maintain the home, make repairs, etc.
Over my life, I have donated countless sums of money and time to help others in need. Now, hear my story. At the age of 47, I began to experience serious grand-mal seizures. During this horrific journey, I was diagnosed with adult on-set epilepsy. I am still experiencing seizures, just not as horrible, because of a cocktail of meds. The seizures are out of my control. They occur when and where they want. I have been denied disability benefits by the Social Security Administration, which I will be appealing.
I am trying to stay positive, but all indications seem to be pointing to some type of permanent impairment. If it was not for Expanded Medicaid, I quite possibly would not be alive to write this letter. I worked for more than 34 years and now I have to fight for everything, while I see all these other "needy" folks getting by just fine. I am faced with challenges like maintaining and repairing my home, home and auto loans, auto repairs, dealing with my illness and two other disabling conditions, not having an income and other life crisis challenges at this time. I wish that I was receiving the same compassion and support as our children and elders. The one benefit I am receiving is love and encouragement from a select few.
I feel fortunate that there is a program to help folks like me that have their life suddenly altered. I do not feel entitled. However, I do feel that I have spent the majority of my life paying my dues. There should be programs for all Americans that do their part in society day in and day out.
I only wish that some people could see outside their little world and think of others. There are other groups of people that need to have their voice heard as well as the children and elderly. My girlfriend and I had a recent discussion with someone and their partner who had no idea that my girl and I had lost some of our rights as a couple because of the "same-sex" marriage laws now in place. They had no idea that others had to lose something for them to get what they wanted.
It seems like that is the norm for society these days. Everybody wants their piece of the pie, but others should not go hungry for certain groups to get their way. Certain groups always getting their way and others consistently going without is discrimination. We need to have better vision, do more research and not shoot from the hip.
Our representatives need to read the entire content of the bill or proposed law, question its pros and cons, and discuss it before passing it.
In conclusion, I am asking my elders to step up and look out for future generations as well as themselves. I have always respected and looked up to my elders. Now, they have an opportunity awaiting them. I want to thank you for reading and I want to thank my girlfriend for typing most of this letter due to my illness. I can only hope that this letter makes people open their minds and think about things a little more in depth.
Remember, it is not your intent that counts, it's the results that do.
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