Aging Americans agree on Medicare

By Jack Bernard
USA Today, Letters, June 29, 2012

I can understand why my neighbors do not care for the individual health care mandate, but I do not understand what their problem is regarding national health insurance.

We have had national health insurance for nearly 50 years. We call it Medicare. Folks in my generation support it. Just ask the older demonstrators at the 2009 town-hall meetings who said, “Keep the government out of my Medicare.”

Yes, Medicare only covers people older than 65, but there is no magic in that number. With the risk spread among younger, healthier people, funding shortfalls will soon be a thing of the past.

The correct solution to covering the uninsured has never been ObamaCare. If the GOP were smart, it would just propose “Medicare for all” as an alternative.

Jack Bernard resides in Monticello, Ga.