Wednesday, July 27, 2011
An accidental meeting on Capitol Hill with a Medicare advocacy group
After visiting the Tea Party “rally” on Capitol Hill, I had lunch in the Capitol Visitor’s Center, and was joined by three women from a Medicare advocacy organization (and I cannot remember the exact name, it may be the Alliance for Retired Americans (link). They were in town to lobby, but not specifically because of the debt crisis.
There was general recognition that major changes in Medicare and Social Security are needed over time. There was even an understanding that wealthier seniors could be expected to pay more for their own medical bills now, even if it meant they passed less on to their children, because inheritance itself has inherent moral ambiguities (but seems to escape the attention that taxes on the rich gets). There was discussion that the problems could spill over into the area of filial responsibility.