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One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project—. this program [Medicare] I promise you will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow. And behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until, one day— we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don't do this [write letters and call members of Congress], and if I don't do it, one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free. Ronald Reagan
Could we do without the social safety net, without Social Security, without Medicare, without farm subsidies, without unemployment compensation, without school lunch programs, without housing assistance? Of course we could. But we would not be a civilized society and we would not be an American nation any of us would be proud of. Gary Hart
Medicare will pay for Viagra but they won’t for eyeglasses. They give you a hardon, but they won’t let you see where to put it. Barry Levinson
Give the working-man the right to work as long as he is healthy; assure him care when he is sick; assure him maintenance when he is old. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
With respect to marine hospitals... such establishments have been made by the General Government in the several States,... a portion of seaman's wages is drawn for their support, and the government furnishes what is deficient. Thomas Jefferson
We're creating an attitude that disaster relief is an entitlement program like Medicare of Social Security .... William C. Bailey
Medical decisions ought to be made by medical doctors—not insurance companies. Bill Clinton
Medicare is more than just a program. It reflects our values. It’s one way we honor parents and grandparents and protect our families across the generations. Bill Clinton
I am convinced that inside two or three years both the doctors who provide the service and the people who receive the survice will be so completely satisfied with it that no government would dare to take it way. Thomas Clement Douglas
We don't want to get rid of Medicare in round one because we don't think it's politically smart .... But we believe it's going to wither on the vine. Newt Gingrich
We shouldn't have to give up all our rights, just because we are receiving a Government benefit. Janlori Goldman
I am proposing that every person over sixty-five years of age be spared the darkness of sickness without hope. Lyndon B. Johnson
There is simply no human justification for any American to suffer illness or neglect preventive care because of this fear of hospital bills and of the exorbitant prices of medicine. Patrick V. McNamara
President Bush’s [George W.] Medicare plan is Robin Hood in reverse: “Take from the neediest and give to the greediest.” Edward M. Kennedy
You know the pharmaceutical industry. If they are involved with any deal with the government, they are not going to lose any money. Charles Grassley
Bribes and special deals were offered to members to say yes. Nick Smith
We ration health care now. We just don’t ration very rationally. David Walker
You know the pharmaceutical industry. If they are involved with any deal with the government, they are not going to lose any money. Charles Grassley
Don’t tell me that it is tough. It is at least as tough as you think it is. But what is the alternative? It is to do nothing? Peter G. Peterson
There is no prospect that today's younger workers will receive all the Social Security and Medicare benefits currently promised them. Dorcas Hardy
It’s all in there. We have harpooned every whale in the ocean. Alan K. Simpson
Republicans? Let me tell you about Republicans. They voted against Medicare. They voted against better old age pensions. Republicans! How can you possibly vote for people who vote against their own mothers? On November fifth, vote for Hubert Humphrey. He’ll take care of your mother. Tony Schwartz
I’ve got my own Medicare plan. I’ve got an intern for a son-in-law. Barry Goldwater
I do not believe that older Americans should be forced to live out their lives in poverty, their tiny savings destroyed by illness. Dependent upon their relatives. Feeling unwanted by their country. Lyndon B. Johnson
You know the pharmaceutical industry. If they are involved with any deal with the government, they are not going to lose any money. Charles Grassley
Aside from the wisdom of going to war as Bush wants, I am troubled by who pays for his capricious adventure into world domination. The administration admits to a cost of around $200 billion! Now, wealthy individuals won't pay. They've got big tax cuts already. Corporations won't pay. They'll cook the books and move overseas and then send their contributions to the Republicans. Rich kids won't pay. Their daddies will get them deferments as Big George did for George W. Well then, who will pay? School kids will pay. There'll be no money to keep them from being left behind -- way behind. Seniors will pay. They'll pay big time as the Republicans privatize Social Security and rob the Trust Fund to pay for the capricious war. Medicare will be curtailed and drugs will be more unaffordable. And there won't be any money for a drug benefit because Bush will spend it all on the war. Working folks will pay through loss of job security and bargaining rights. Our grandchildren will pay through the degradation of our air and water quality. And the entire nation will pay as Bush continues to destroy civil rights, women's rights and religious freedom in a rush to phony patriotism and to courting the messianic Pharisees of the religious right. Pete Stark
It is extremely difficult to rescind entitlements to which people think they are legally entitled. Taxes can easily go up and down. There isn’t the same political pressure. Alan Greenspan
That’s the function of government—to do for people what they cannot do for themselves. James P. Molinaro
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Ronald Reagan at the beginning of his political career went all around the country campaigning against Medicare. Jimmy Carter
More and more people in our party understand that we’ve got to have a defense of what government does well, from never missing a check in Social Security to the very reliable Medicare, to the air we breathe and the water we drink, and helping kids to College with Pell Grants. We should not be backing off. Sherrod Brown
I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions. Paul Ryan
If you like the Post Office and the Department of Motor Vehicles and you think they're run well, just wait till you see Medicare, Medicaid and health care done by the government. Arthur Laffer
I had, in my legal practice, often encountered really shocking examples of the devastating impact of the costs of long-term medical care on meager incomes. And, just before I was elected, I had my own personal experience in paying very considerable bills for my mother's terminal illness. Judy LaMarsh
Entitlement programs are on autopilot. I’m alarmed. We’re close to the danger zone. Glenn Hubbard
Social Security and Medicare are among the best things about America. Lawrence Summers
These are not small reforms; these are big reforms. If passed, this will be the most important piece of social legislation since the Social Security Act passed in the 1930s and the most important reform of our health care system since Medicare passed in the 1960s. Barack Obama
By a wide margin, the biggest threat to our nation’s balance sheet is the skyrocketing cost of health care. It’s not even close. Barack Obama
Progressivism has time and again added the corrective that has enabled capitalism to survive. Robert Reich
Keep Your Government Hands Off My Medicare Anynonomous
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for half the Federal spending. Mitt Romney
Today’s young workers will have to finance Social Security and Medicare for a rapidly growing cohort of older Americans. Through higher premiums for employer-provided health insurance, they will subsidize care for others. Through higher taxes and fees, they will pay to repair aging infrastructure… and to support public services from schools to police. Robert Jacob Samuelson
The great network of social insurance programs established by President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, President Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, President John F. Kennedy’s Great Society, and President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and defended by President Bill Clinton, sharply limits the amount of poverty a downturn [in the economy] can cause. J. Bradford DeLong
Do you really want to pay for surgeon’s salaries by not having low-income people not be able to afford health insurance? Katherine Baiker
To avoid large and unsustainable budget deficits, the nation will ultimately have to choose among higher taxes, modifications to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, less spending on everything else from education to defense, or some combination of the above. Ben Bernanke
If you want to do spending austerity, single payer [for health insurance] is a powerful tool. David Frum
We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid Programs. Libertarian Party
… what these people feel an enormous urge to do is not just to collect more money for themselves, but they feel impelled to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the programs that working people and the poor survive on…. These people are addicted to greed and money and it is a sickness that is destroying the economy of America. Bernie Sanders
The currently ill are paid for by the termporarily well. That is the way any health insurance scheme works. Be it public or private, there can be no other way. Lewis D. Eigen
May you sell everything and retire to Florida just as global warming makes it uninhabitable. May you live to a hundred and twenty without Social Security or Medicare. May your insurance company decide constipation is a pre-existing condition. Yiddish Proverbs & Curses