What I have is what I want for...

My 6-month checkup is coming in 2 weeks. The doctor that I chose is one block from my house. I usually jump on my bike. With MEDICARE and a Supplemental Policy, the co-pay is $5.00. They want to keep me healthy. 

I hurt my shoulder requiring surgery. I called the SPECIALIST, made an appointment, and had the surgery. Without my government Health Insurance, I could not have afforded the surgery and therapy to follow. Medicare and the $30 a month supplement work. 

Last November I walked to my VOTING LOCATION in Satellite Beach, FL. They open early and stay open late. With my FL driver’s license as I.D., I was in and out in less than 15 minutes. It was easy. It was quick. They gave me a sticker, I Voted. 

Twenty years ago my wife and I adopted 2 children. In appreciate for us doing that, the State of Florida provided the children with MEDICAID health insurance until they were 18 years old. For all those years Medicaid provided caring Pediatricians who doctored us through measles, a pre-existing asthma condition, a host of bronchial and ear infections, and kept our immunizations up to date. Thank you Dr Agha, our last Pediatrician, who is an immigrant from Pakistan. 

SOCIAL SECURITY checks come once a month. Although those who listen to me vent will tell you that the S.S. bureaucracy drives me crazy, the fact remains that the checks arrive faithfully on the 15th, and I count on them. After all, I’ve been paying into the system since my first job as a J C Penney shoe salesman making the minimum wage at the time of $1.25 an hour. My kids are paying in now. I hope they get theirs. 

My Hot Water Heater malfunctioned recently. With my S.S. check, I had it repaired. Guess what happened when I turned on the water to take a shower? CLEAN, FRESH, DRINKABLE WATER came out of the nozzle. Even though we worry about the health of our water in Florida due to runoff and pollution, the water where I live is still crystal clear and safely consumed. We have some hard charging environmental advocates in Florida, I hope they keep charging. 

So, this is what I have. I’m not lucky. I’m only an American citizen. Some of you have a lot more. More of you have a lot less. What I want for every American is this: regardless of your sex, age, skin color, bank account balance (if you have one). ethnicity, religion, or sexual identity, to have the Health Care, Voting rights, Government assistance, Entitlements, and environmental security that I enjoy and count on. What I have is what I want for...you.

 

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    Entitlement Program: "The kind of government program that provides individuals with personal financial benefits (or sometimes special government-provided goods or services) to which an indefinite (but usually rather large) number of potential beneficiaries have a legal right (enforceable in court, if necessary) whenever they meet eligibility conditions that are specified by the standing law that authorizes the program. The beneficiaries of entitlement programs are normally individual citizens or residents, but sometimes organizations such as business corporations, local governments, or even political parties may have similar special "entitlements" under certain programs. The most important examples of entitlement programs at the federal level in the United States would include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, most Veterans' Administration programs, federal employee and military retirement plans, unemployment compensation, food stamps, and agricultural price support programs." Dr. Paul Johnson, Dept. of Political Science, Auburn University. Source: A Glossary of Political Economy Terms

    Entitlement Program: "The kind of government program that provides individuals with personal financial benefits (or sometimes special government-provided goods or services) to which an indefinite (but usually rather large) number of potential beneficiaries have a legal right (enforceable in court, if necessary) whenever they meet eligibility conditions that are specified by the standing law that authorizes the program. The beneficiaries of entitlement programs are normally individual citizens or residents, but sometimes organizations such as business corporations, local governments, or even political parties may have similar special "entitlements" under certain programs. The most important examples of entitlement programs at the federal level in the United States would include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, most Veterans' Administration programs, federal employee and military retirement plans, unemployment compensation, food stamps, and agricultural price support programs." Dr. Paul Johnson, Dept. of Political Science, Auburn University. Source: A Glossary of Political Economy Terms

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