Last night I got a nice note from a regular reader who was concerned that Changing Aging might become a “political blog.” He was reacting to a couple of posts we did on the GOP’s proposal to abolish Medicare. I wrote back to him and, after sleeping on it, thought it might be a good idea to share my end of the conversation with all of you as well.
My stance is basically to defend what I perceive the interests and needs of frail elders and their needs.
As a regular reader you are well aware that this usually has nothing what so ever to do with partisan politics.
In fact I like to stay away from that stuff.
That said, I do believe that Social Security and Medicare are important tools that help us safe guard the well being of older people.
Some people disagree and I respect that. At this moment in time it seems to me (as an advocate for older people) that Ryan’s 2012 budget envisions the end of Medicare as it functions today.
That disturbs me.
The important thing to note is that this is a different POV about a policy it is not an attack on any person. Democracy works when people have differing views and get to express those differences openly and honestly. People deserve to be respected.
If you saw my posts from earlier today I would hope that you would see that I was trying to stick to the facts. I wrote about the history of health insurance and the inability of the pre-Medicare health insurance (mainly the Blues in those days) to serve older people cost effectively. Also, I was distressed that the Medicare angle did not get addressed in the press conference. My criticism there was of the press falling down on the job.
So I can say this. Changing Aging is about changing aging. It is not about political parties, candidates or partisan food fights. OTOH I do feel a need to speak up when I think the interests of older people are being threatened.
I would be VERY interested in publishing a piece by you that presents the argument that the current GOP budget proposal is a net positive for older people. I think CA readers would be interested in that and a fruitful conversation might emerge from airing that POV.
An open and honorable exchange of views between thoughtful people is what makes America— America.
I will always welcome correspondence with you and I am grateful that you weigh a couple of posts about Medicare alongside my career-long advocacy of positions that benefit older people and their families.