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This is all good to know. I never planned to sign up for Medicare, but I did expect that I would collect social security down the road. I'd rather experience this sting now, than later, while my working life can adapt to the new datum that everything taken out of my check from an employer, for social security, I will never see again.
 

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Steal money from your paychecks all your working life, then give you an offer you can't (they believe) refuse, because if you do, you voluntarily forfeit all that they stole from you. Sales tactics like these create "hesitance" among people of my stripe.
 
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Alice, I don't plan to ever need it. I'm not going to sign up and pay for a service I don't plan on using. If car insurance weren't mandatory I wouldn't have that, either. The best insurance is cognizance. Insurance wouldn't be such a massive racket, like state lotteries, if the house did not always win. What people like me and others object to is being forced to pay for a service we don't want. We're basically bitching about socialism, since that's what it boils down to. We're forced to pay into it so that the guy that eats Mcdonalds five days a week and rides a motorized scooter can get his cheap health insurance. The responsible healthy subsidize the irresponsible sick, and hence creates a burgeoning class of chronically sick people. The last few years have put health.co.gov in a blinding, florescent light which has exposed ugly nethers.
On a positive note, most people in western countries are literate, books are cheap and the Internet is here. Discrimination of the information is vitally important and comes with maturity.
There are people in "3rd world countries" who climb trees and ride their horses till they die one night in their sleep, somewhere between 90 and 100. There's a real problem here, in our "rich" nation, which won't be solved by looking out to conglomerates, but rather within.
 
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Nice quote from a guy on one of the firewood forums I lurk at:
"My Great, Great, Great, Great Aunt Bea would get that wry little wrinkled lip-look when I would ask her to what does she attribute her living to such a ripe-old age. Then, she would explain that she read her Bible every day and that she believed in doctor left leg and doctor right leg. So, I asked her Aunt Bea born 1877, what does that mean, that you don't like doctors ? And, she would get that wry little wrinkled lip-look again and say she did not know if she liked doctors or didn't but that she had never been to one and never would. "
 
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