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Supremes Won’t Delay Home Healthcare Wage Hike Rule

supreme-courtThe cost of companionship care will increase sharply, making it even harder for those who most need it to afford the cost.

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 30 –The Supreme Court has refused to grant the delay of a new Labor Department rule that is likely to have a serious impact on the elderly and home-bound.  The ruling will take effect in a few weeks, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The home healthcare industry had asked the high court to stay the regulation requiring a hike in wages for “companionship workers” – those who help the elderly and disabled live in their own homes rather than in a nursing home.  The industry still seeks a Supreme Court appeal of a lower court decision that okayed the pay hikes.  In the meantime, the cost of companionship care will increase sharply, making it even harder for those who most need it to afford the cost.

“Home healthcare workers deserve a living wage but aging, disadvantaged Americans also deserve the help they need to live their daily lives in their own homes.  Making matters worse is the fact that the ruling comes on the heels of reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for home healthcare services,” Weber noted.

Whether or not the Supreme Court agrees to hear the industry’s appeal is uncertain leaving millions of older and incapacitated individuals wondering how they will cope in the coming years.

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, in a recent statement, called for a new focus on the issue.   “Until we agree, as a country, that the services provided by America’s Home Health Aides are worth finding the extra Medicare and Medicaid dollars to pay them what they deserve, then we will continue to suffer the negative consequences of piecemeal measures.”

Weber pointed out that the average age of Medicare home healthcare beneficiaries is 82 and two-thirds of them live below the federal poverty level.  They have chronic illnesses such as heart disease, COPD and diabetes.  They live mostly in rural parts of the country where access to alternative care is limited and significantly more expensive.

“They are Medicare’s oldest, sickest and poorest beneficiaries and the majority of them are women.  Meanwhile, the home healthcare sector, an industry with more than half a million employees will be devastated.  In fact, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services says that some 5,000 home healthcare companies will go out of business by 2017,” he said.

Weber called on Congress to recognize the urgency of dealing with what he called “an intolerable situation that has far reaching consequences for the elderly and for the nation as a whole.”

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Brian Robinson
5 years ago

I think it is time the life time appointments of judges ends and they run for election just like the rest of the politicians have to. Some of these judges obviously support the progressive liberal agenda and those that don’t I am sure have been threatened by the present administration. A convention of the states is needed and this should be part of the discussion. The people should have a say in who sits on the bench. It is pretty evident that the present system is broken. If the progressive liberals succeed in getting total control then the tyranny will begin and those who are sucking off the government will feel the pain along with the rest of us.

Roy Hubbard
5 years ago

All I see here is people crying for more government intervention into whatever their particular cause is. I am starting to wonder just what is the position of AMAC.
There needs to be a little proof in the pudding behind the articles being published by those with a hand out for more tax money to support their cause/ enterprise.
I am all for old people. I am one. i also know that there are multitudes of those who want to take advantage for their own personal gain, of the potential market surrounding “old people” supported by the liberal government we suffer today.
Hey I am on the dole. I get retirement from Uncle Sam for military service. I get Social Security. I am 76 years old and still work. I have been at a point where I was drawing four different paychecks at the same time. I don’t remember when I slept.
i am comfortable in the fact that I have generally paid my own way all my life. i do appreciate the medical care I get thru my military retirement and social security but when I see a guy driving a dump truck and on 100% disability for the new craze, PTSD, I get a little perturbed.
Our political leadership runs on popularity contests and what’s best for their re-election, not common sense and a true understanding of what made our country great in the first place.
I think either one of the front runners in the republican slate for President of the United States will get the job done. I don’t want to see another professional politician in the White House. Every one of our enemy states is run by a nut case. We need a nut case to confront them. In Carson’s case, it would be one who does not allow the ranting of nut cases to bother him.

Roy Hubbard
5 years ago

Who is challenging the statistics being put forward by those who stand to profit from the government intervention to prevent the catastrophic events they predict?
It’s like all the starving children in the USA! Nonsense! It is a marketing plan for someone to make money!
If the child is going hungry it’s because the parents are paying $50 bucks for a carton of cigarettes or whatever amount for dope or booze or gambling tickets. It’s not a social issue, it’s a criminal issue.

Roy Hubbard
5 years ago

The 5,000 home health care facilities that will go out of business are in business because of the government involvement. Care of the elderly came with a promise of big bucks from government programs. That is an artificial economy bound to collapse.

Roy Hubbard
5 years ago

The problem is more government intervention and a complete disregard for the very basics of conservatism. If a person charges to much for their services then they will soon find themselves out of work.
The government needs to stop interfering with their know all attitude and let commerce seek it’s own level. We are all getting so used to the government solving our problems we are becoming part of the problem.
What happened to the phrase “free trade”? More of the something for nothing syndrome that is flooding our way of life and our society.
Growing old should not come as a surprise. You need to prepare for it. It requires sacrifice and not a hand out with the palm up.

Jody
5 years ago

Reading these comments is depressing me. Seems if we are not hopeful then there is NO hope. Come on folks, we need action and serious thought rather than wringing our hands and running around declaring the sky is falling. Don’t you think we have some good candidates in our conservative ranks? Or, am I just too positive with my head in the sand?

gilly
5 years ago

Some of you came close, but I did not see anything explaining that we elderly are in the way of our government. We are viewed as a problem to society. A large percentage of us are retired and living off the money we saved and invested just for this purpose. We are a drain on society. This view is quite evident when you listen to the liberals such as Nancy and Mr. O. We suck all the money out of the Social Security System (which we funded). We suck all the money out of health care (whick we also funded- medicare). We are no longer paying our fair share of state, local, and federal taxes (since we no longer are employed). I could go on and on, but the truth is we are in the way of helping those that never paid in to these government programs. Think about it folks! When you are ‘the new burden on society’ the time comes to lower the age of morbidity tables and/or raise the retirement age. You don’t have to be a Democrat to understand what this plan is……. but it helps! As to the Republicans…..you just ‘ain’t’ much better

Rob Robinson
5 years ago

This across the board stuff that leads to tax increases, hurts all, especially the fixed incomers. People wo had life extending care coming in to relieve the care-giving spouse will now be without.

The same thing happens with Pell Grants in Colleges. Ever since they came in, the cost of a college education has gone up right in step with the annual increases in the amount of the Pell Grant.

It’s madness.

rae yearnd
5 years ago

with all the false talk about greed, it should be apparent to all what the effect of our greedy federal government will be on our civil society. They have never before in history brought in more money, at the same time they have never before in history run a larger deficit. Just the timid estimates of money lost through waste, fraud, and abuse are enough to make me sick, meanwhile I am counting my change to see if I have enough money to go get something to eat.

Bob O.
5 years ago

I already made a comment up above but I didn’t put my last name initial above. I just wanted to add one more comment and that is: I believe we old people will be left to our own devices until we die off without any help at all, and I’m afraid it won’t be long in coming. The “No help”, I mean. Did God allow people such as Mr Barack to come to power in order to teach Israel a lesson? Yep, read the Old Testament and see for yourselves. Folks, regardless whether you believe in the true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or not God does not operate on the polls of do they or don’t they believe there’s a God. God is completely sovereign and all powerful, forget railing against Him. Of course His Word says; in the last days when He begins His judgement on the ungodly nations, that instead of falling on their combined faces and humbling themselves, they will instead curse Him, as if that will do them any good. God’s Word also says that the people, “unbelievers” will cry out and pray for the rocks to hide them. However that will be fruitless. Do you know what the answer is, in fact? Fall on your knees before it’s too late and tell God that you believe on His “only begotten Son” and that His Son, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Suffered on the Cross at Calvary, Bled, Died, was Buried and then on the third Day He Rose again back to life, and further more He sits on the right hand of His Father. Don’t waste your time trying to fool Him, God knows your heart, so it’s not so much what you say to Him, simply believe those Facts which I just shared with you and you WILL be saved and you will spend Eternity with Him in Heaven. And forget your baptism, or your church membership nothing you can do will save you. You must totally choose to believe God’s Word. Look at 1CO 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Look in God’s True Word, the King James Bible, not one of the fake “modern versions to check it out for yourselves, don’t just take my word for it. I’m not your Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ is.
Bob O.

Jim
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob O.

History is cursed to tend repetition. We know what is next and there is hope, but much suffering or holiness is expected from the elect. Pray for them who persecute you that they may be converted. With him you can do anything, for nothing is impossible with God.

Doug Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob O.

Well said Bob! We need to tell the Gospel Story about God’s love for us whom He created. He created His Son Jesus to sacrifice Himself so that we might live with our Father ….FOREVER! Jesus came not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved; John 3:17. Lets pray without ceasing that all , especially in DC, will come to repent of their humanness and follow our Savior! Jesus loves you Bob and so do I and all I come in contact with!

Bob O.
5 years ago
Reply to  Doug Thompson

Hi Doug,
Thank you for your comments, but God didn’t “create” the Lord Jesus, The Lord Jesus was always with the Father and His Holy Spirit, the three make up the “Godhead”. Acts 17:29, Rom. 1:20, and Col. 2:9. I’m sure it was just an oversight on your part.
And thanks again for your comments,
Bob O.

Ken
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob O.

Bob O. Many forces are orchestrating the demise of our beloved nation together now. Just Google “The Clergy Project”. The Democrats, ACLU , the Athiests & greedy power hungry fools will never stop. I feel sad that the youth today won’t enjoy the great country I did growing up. We didn’t need school police in the 70’s. We forgot to lock our doors with no problems. We looked out for our neighbors & helped them. Only GOD can save us now!

Bob O.
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken

You’re absolutely correct Ken, but as you know each of these entities which you mentioned, I’m sure you would agree, would not even be here in the first place if they recognized the Lord Jesus as Lord, Master and Savior.
Thanks again, I do appreciate your feedback.
Bob O.

Stephen Pettine
5 years ago

America finds itself in a horrific, convoluted brain teaser: how do we get to an homeostasis of wages and living expenses so that the misproportion between the two be lessened, or is that too Utopian a concept? And with a SCOTUS so ideologically entrenched, hope for a concession to the unbiased, true needs of the people seems to grow dimmer with each sesssion.

Bob O.
5 years ago

Hi Stephen,
In my Humble but correct opinion, ha. these conditions will not get better. Remember what the Lord Jesus told His Deciples in :MAR 14:7 “For ye have the poor with you always, and “whensoever ye will” ye may do them good:”
So we do what we can, and share with them God’s Gospel according to the Apostle Paul. Most professing Christians are not usually instructed, and so they do not understand that the King James Bible is literally a very real and true History of Mankind, and just as time has progressed up through the ages, time’s history mimics God’s Word very clearly and correctly. So the point is that; Adam and Eve were given instructions by God to tend the Garden and “do not eat of the forbidden Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”. Eve disobeyed, and ate of the Fruit and gave some to her husband Adam and he also ate, which was in strict disobedience to God’s instructions:Gen. 3:6 , which plunged his offspring, up and throughout the ages, into SIN. And since all who followed Adam’s sin linage, which is all of mankind, are by human nature SINNERS. God’s remedy for this Sin was that there had to be a complete Sinless Human Sacrifice, shed his own Blood: Heb. 9:26, Heb. 10:12, and Eph. 5:2 Which means that NO human would EVER be sinless and therefore could never become good enough in God’s eyes, even if he sacrificed himself, to take away the SIN Stain caused by Adam. So, God sent His own Son the Lord Jesus who came as a Babe and grew into Sinless manhood, for the purpose of Dying on Calvary’s Cross to pay the Sin Debt of all Humankind. Everyone’s Sin Debt has, past tense, has been paid. Past, Present and Future!!!!! And ALL one must do in order to be forgiven by the Almighty God of this Universe and every other one, is to Believe those FACTS!!! 1 Cor. 15:1-4. You can NOT DO ANYTHING to earn Salvation! Not “Walk the isle”, “Give your money,” Be Baptized,” Work in a Church”, etc. We cannot “DO any thing” which would be considered a “Work”. We cannot EARN Salvation by “ANYTHING WE DO!” One is owed a wage for work we do, and God’s Word says HE does not owe anything to Humankind. Salvation can ONLY be gained by “BELIEVING GOD!” And so where do we find God’s Word? We find God’s Word in the KING JAMES BIBLE and NOT in the modern versions; We find God’s Word specifically in 1 Cor. 15:1-4. andPaul says:ROM 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to “my gospel.”

Look that up in a KJB and Believe THAT and nothing else for your Salvation, and you WILL spend Eternity with God, instead of spending it in HELL. Just a note: Yes of course once we believe God’s Word, then we certainly work for God! Not for Salvation, but to illustrate to Humankind and God our Appreciation for the WORK which our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ did on our behalves, on the Cross of Calvary. Clarification: Why do I insist we are to believe for example: 1 Cor. 15:1-4, instead of John 3:16? Because the Lord Jesus came to set up an Earthly Kingdom primarily for the Jews, or Israel. JOH 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (who were His own?, the Jews) and He ministered primarily to them for three years and worked His Miracles to and for them, to prove that He was in fact their promised King. Jesus only ministered to TWO Gentiles in all of the Four Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And He came to Earth while Israel was “under the Law” of God thru. Moses. Now lets go back to Adam and see if we may give some clarification. After they sinned, Adam and Eve were cast from the Garden of Eden, and were forbidden to return. God now, see the progression? issues new orders to them TO DO. They knew that the first instructions which God had given them were in fact, the Word of God, BUT, they now recognized that they were never “to do”, those first instructions, because they were now in another time and place. They were NOW to do God’s latest instructions. Just as we are to now do God’s latest instructions to us in this time and place.(Col. 1:25), Which God gave to A Jewish Hi Priest, a “Pharisee of Pharisees” while he, Saul was on the road to Damascus to arrest some Jews who were True Believers that the Lord Jesus had in truth, been the Jewish True Messiah and King who had been promised by God to Abraham, the Father of the Jews. Yes, Abraham had also been the Father of Ishmael, however Ishmael, as much as the Muslims would like to otherwise believe. Ishmael simply was NOT the son who had been promised to Abraham. That honor was reserved for Abraham’s Son Isaac, who became the Father of the Jews or Israel. The Law was given to Moses a Jew who then took it to Israel and God ministered primarily to Israel for the next 2000 years, from Abraham to the Death of the Lord Jesus on the Cross. Eph. 2:11-13. So just as Adam and Eve knew they were no longer to DO those first God given instructions, and were NOW to do the last God given instructions, just as each succeeding Age or “People Group” which had been given their own set of God’s instructions as how to live and what to DO,, We in this Dispensation ( ut oh there’s THAT word!) The Word Dispensation is very maligned by the “Church at Large”, but which is very much a God Breathed Word. 1 Cor. 9:17, Eph. 1:10, Eph. 3:2, and Col. 1:25. Explanation: From the time of Moses being given the Law until the Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus, the Jews or Israel was under the “Dispensation of Law”, but when the Lord Jesus was Crucified He, Jesus nailed the Law to His Cross.COL 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances(Law) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,” And since Israel as a Nation did not “believe”, that the Lord Jesus was truly that Messiah and still doesn’t, with a few exceptions, who had been promised to Abraham by God. They continued to try “keeping the Law”, even up to this day and time. So I can try to explain why I said we could discount John 3:16. And that is, that Gentiles were never under the Law of Moses because that Law was strictly given to Israel, and when the Lord Jesus was resurrected from the Grave, the Veil in the Jewish Temple was torn in two and the Law of Moses ceased, which includes Circumcision, Tithing, and basically anything which was a part of the Jewish Law, although our modern Churches have claimed of the Jewish Law for our very own, and pretty much requires us to keep. Then about seven years after the Risen Savior Jesus Ascended back to Heaven, He knocked Saul to the ground and temporarily blinded him and named him Paul and sent him to lead the Gentiles to the true God. Gentiles, who up until that time had, had no formal way to be saved, although God made a few scattered exceptions and allowed a few Gentiles to be saved. Those who had sincerely “Believed” God’s salvation message to the Jews. They were few in number who sincerely believed that Gospel(Good News). So although we are to believe all of the Bible, we are instructed to “Rightly Divide” all of it. 2 Tim. 2:15, and not read it like a story book and then mis- quote it and thereby mis-lead others. OK, so all of the Bible is written FOR us for our learning, but not TO us to do.(“ROM 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”) So all of the Bible was written for us but not TO us to DO. Only the 13th Apostle Paul, wrote the Scriptures we, Jew and Gentile alike today, are to live by since the Cross of Christ: Romans through Philemon. All of the Scripture was written to Jews. So since John 3:16 was written to the Jews under the Law, to do, it was NOT written TO us, Jew nor Gentile, today to do today.
So to everyone reading this, if you’ve made it thus far, please know this; everyone today is saved by Believing God, not by anything we might do. Specifically we are to believe that God’s Word is God’s Word contained for English speaking people in the King James Bible, not any of the counterfeit modern versions. God’s Word is God’s Word. Am I being too picky, to narrow? I don’t think so. Check out what the Lord Jesus Christ says about God’s Words. Matthew 4:3,4. MAT 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by “every word” that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Am I being too picky? Look at what the Psalmist says:PSA 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt “preserve” them from this generation “for ever”. So God promises to preserve His words and that Mankind will live by them. Show me another book which has the History of Humankind laid out so perfectly, and which has a History of winning Souls to God through Jesus Christ by the millions for the last 400 years. Humankind, before the KJB, had copies of the original Manuscripts which God gave to Israel and which have been accurately copied and passed down all through History. In Luke, LUK 4:17 “And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
NOTICE: the Lord Jesus did not say: “this is not true Scripture!”. The Lord accepted the Scripture which was handed to Him and began to read and called it SCRIPTURE.
So people, we have God’s Words in the King James Bible written by Almighty God. May I remind you that all of the modern versions were translated by men. The Grandfathers of the modern versions were “Westcott and Hort”. They were NOT even Believers. They were educators who thought they were “smarter than God”. and said: believe us we give you the true translation so believe us not God! Unfortunately millions of unsuspecting Dupes have put their trust in those man made counterfeit books, which the publishers Copy Righted, and for great profits. God’s Word cannot be copy Righted! But they put enough of God’s Words in their counterfeits to look good to the unsuspecting Dupes of which I was one for 26 years, and I believe because I kept asking God for understanding of His Word for all of those years, He finally saw fit for my eyes to be opened and I switched from the niv to the KJB and shortly God began to make His Words clear to me.
Do yourselves a big favor; Trust God to do what He says He will do, and that is to keep His Words Pure. You claim to trust Him for your salvation, but you won’t trust Him to keep His promises of giving you His Words to live by?. So are you really saved? Be safe and consult the Apostle Paul’s Books, namely Romans thru. Philemon. And specifically 1 Cor. 15:1-4. And forget any works which you’ve been putting your Trust in for salvation and then put your Trust in God through the Lord Jesus Christ. And I’m not saying to throw away the rest of God’s Word. Read all of it, over and over until it is planted into your mind so that you will never again be the pawns of profit takers.
Always in the Name that is above every name, Jesus Christ,
Bob O.
ONE LAST THING; GET RID OF THOSE COUNTERFEIT VERSIONS. NO, DO NOT SELL THEM AND BE PARTY TO OTHERS BEING LED ASTRAY, THROW THEM AWAY WHERE NO ONE CAN FIND THEM. The reason I call them counterfeit is that a $100. bill looks much like the real thing. it will have 100’s printed in each corner. A true picture of Franklin. A true color of green and so forth. They are very real looking but, they’re still counterfeit and worthless.

Stephen
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob O.

Thank you for your epistle.

Brian Robinson
5 years ago

I don’t have a problem with providers getting a raise as long as all the illegal aliens that are free loading off the system are sent back to where they came from and all the fakes that are getting benefits are forced back into the work force. These people have and do not pay anything into the system and that expenditure needs to end so the providers can get a raise. This country does not owe the illegals anything. This mess has been created by the democrat/communist party.

Jim R 41
5 years ago
Reply to  Brian Robinson

AMEN Brother.

Joe Harbrecht
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim R 41

I could not agree more with your statement. Stop the flood of illegals or should I say, potential democratic voters. All aid to illegals should be stopped. Maybe if we were not so anxious to empower them with all the free stuff, they would stop coming here through the back gate.

Bob
5 years ago
Reply to  Joe Harbrecht

Well Folks, let’s get used to it because it’s all a plan to bring this country to it’s knees, and I’m afraid it’s orchestrated by our Almighty God. I have believed for quite some time now that there is something supernatural about Mr. Obama coming to power. If you people remember he came on the scene rather suddenly and mowed down everything in his path that attempted to stop him. Mz. Clinton could not figure out how she was taken out of the running so quickly and completely. Oh yeah, she was given a position. I believe it was simply a “no power” appointment, and further more, I seriously doubt that we will see another election, ever. He had worker his plan too diligently and perfectly. Does anyone really believe he will give this kingdom which he has set up, all staffer by is Islam partners. If you will search the Holy Bible, the KJB, you will see that God smote the Nation of Israel every time they left worshiping and serving Him and fell into debauchery and sex sins.
Bob

Ron D.
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob

This total anti-American incompetent became a so called ???president because of his schitttt colored skin. No niggg was ever president, so the pathetic libs, “college taught brainwashed”, illegals, made it possible for him to steal the presidency. This is how stupid Americans can become, when lead down the path of irrelevancy, and the so called “fear” of being labeled a “racist”. If that is the case, then I am damn proud to be called a racist. These morons voted for the “color”, and not the “values” of the person.

Ray G
5 years ago
Reply to  Brian Robinson

Yes, Brian, you are correct. The problem is that no one wants to do anything about it other than Donald Trump. All political parties and all incumbents have failed us.

Ron D.
5 years ago

Just another episode in the daily doings of the dimocrat gangster organization. Even pelosi agrees that money used for the elderly (medicare) should also be used to assist illegal aliens. After all, they “are human also”, even though they have never contributed towards that fund. The dimocrats need the votes from that group in order to get elected, and then re-elected. I know they are not supposed to be able to vote, if they are not citizens. BUT, try telling a dimocrat that. Yeah right!!!!

Sharma
5 years ago
Reply to  Ron D.

Why do we have laws if we the people can’t enforce them,no one dares to tell them no because you are labeled a raciest he has it made another year because he knows this. God help us all. One Nation Under GOD.

Ron D.
5 years ago
Reply to  Sharma

These laws are dependent on who makes them, and what laws are “deemed worthy” of consideration. It is what the liberals say it should be. Anything else is irrelevant in their minds. America is going down the chute into total socialism.

Naomi Rose
5 years ago

So many issues with the outright theft of the Social Security Trust fund. Starting with Lyndon B Johnson. Congress behaves like an addict gambler, using the kids college fund to get his ‘fix’. Lock up the checkbook and cut up the credit cards. And what happens to the MANY who pass away before getting $1 of their contributions? Should their portion, at least, be part of their estate. The thieves in Washington need to be punished. Bernie Madoff got tossed in jail. This gang deserves the same.

Marilyn
5 years ago

I am a health care aide. I have not had a raise in 4 years and make less than $10 an hour. Health care aides deserve a living wage. Medicare and Medicaid should be increased for home care and not decreased. If our government leaders over the years, had kept their hands out of social security money, there would not be a problem today.

Trudy
5 years ago
Reply to  Marilyn

I agree Marilyn, but the problem with government interference to raise the wages but not the reimbursement will have the effect of putting you out of a job. I, too, have worked in the homecare business and it is very hard to stay in business with the nursing shortage, aging population base and not get reimbursed enough to cover employee wages and overhead. I think this however, is exactly what they are trying to do. They want to screw up the healthcare system so badly that we finally agree to have government run one payer system. What a nightmare that will be! They can’t run Medicare and they want to take over the entire system with a bunch of freeloaders, illegals, and people that do not even pay taxes. The waits for healthcare in the US and the lack of services will make England’s system look like the cadillac of healthcare. And yes, there will be death panels with services to the elderly and disabled denied because of cost. The elites will be able to afford private health care and the rest of us will be screwed.

Ken
5 years ago
Reply to  Marilyn

Very well said Marilyn!

Dragon
5 years ago

Hey! Leave Social Security alone!!!!! Government should know better!!!!!!!! Stop it $!#/^&*()-‘”:;,?!!!!

Bev
5 years ago
Reply to  Dragon

It’s OUR money that they STOLE from us for all of our working lives! It’s time for WE THE PEOPLE to do what the Founders told us, in the Declaration of Independence. If ever there were a govt. “with a LONG TRAIN OF ABUSES AND USURPATIONS” it’s now!! It’s amazing, how ignorant the younger people are, how they don’t care what THEIR future holds, how they don’t want to know that what happens NOW will affect them when they’re older.
Instead of passing the budget and raising the debt ceiling AGAIN, ALL of the DC “workers,” elected or not, should get no more salary for the rest of their lives and ALL of that money should go in to a fund to take care of us that paid in to the system for 40-50 years. I’m disabled and would have been totally devastated if they’d given me a 20% pay cut. The ones that MADE the mess should be the ones that pay it back!

Ken
5 years ago
Reply to  Bev

Bev, All our lives we have been hearing Social Security will go broke. Never do you hear Social Services will stop. Working people get abused! The power elite will never give up control. I am so sorry that after you worked so hard all your life and ended up not financially secure. We cannot expect government to come to our rescue. We all need to take steps today to secure our future!

Bev
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken

Ken, hindsight is always 20/20. Had I known I was going to become totally disabled and that my spine was going to give out and my bones degenerate ( dissolve ), I would have done MANY things differently. I had a very good paying factory job for 28 years, a savings account in the Credit Union and 401k, life WAS good. I took everything I could out of my 401k while I could, I had a sense that Barry Insane was going to confiscate them. That was in ’09. It appears my beliefs weren’t so out of the realm of reality. Now it’s about a surgery every year and a half and bones replaced and constant pain. I’m 53. I ALWAYS have medical bills. I WAS taking steps to secure my future, as of now, I still have my retirement and my benefits from my job – I was considered retired instead of quitting when I went on disability. I was always healthy, no smoking, drinking, exercised and always kept a healthy weight. You can’t help what is put on you physically. I do my best but Obama/Democrats DON’T Care Health TAX is really hurting me, starting big time this year. I’m voting for the candidate ( so far it’s Ted Cruz ) that says they’re going to make ALL of those that shoved that mess down OUR throats but took exemptions for themselves, join in on the mess they gave to US. Harry Greid changed the Senate rules after MA voted in Scott Brown to stop it but now that the Republicans got both houses of Congress, Mitch McConnell says “we can’t get anything passed until we get a president that will work with us.” I say PHOOEY!! At least vote on bills that say you MEANT what you SAID when we gave you the majorities. So what if Barry Insane vetoes it? At least it doesn’t make them look like the liars that they are. The House passes bills and the Senate won’t bring them up for a vote – it’s no different than it was when Greid was Majority leader. McConnell is Greid’s twin.
Right now, I have my insurance from my job until I’m 59 1/2 AND was forced to go on Medicare. Since the powers that be decided “there’s no inflation” and no COLA again, I don’t even get enough to pay the bills and my 62 year old husband lost his job years ago but tries to get odd jobs when he can. I get so angry when I see the criminals in the govt. and how they’re getting away with it while I struggle to make ends meet. So far God has provided, my husband is able to find just enough odd jobs to pay the outstanding bills and our daughter moved back in with us because she can’t find work but has a fast food job, so she can help out. I keep paying my tithes and it keeps working out. We have our NEEDS taken care of, our WANTS are over. I have to get injections in my hips once every three weeks and Medicare constantly turns them down. I pay for it but they’ve still paid NOTHING. How many others have that problem? How many of us pay our Medicare premiums but get nothing out of it? Do they turn down others’ claims?
WHEN will they stop the FREEBIES ( Welfare, Obamaphones, Food Stamps – more people on them than EVER!, etc. ) and put the money where it belongs? Stop giving to those that haven’t paid a penny in taxes! I know, NEVER. But we all know they’ll get theirs in the end. They’ll all have to meet their Maker in the end. They’ll get the ultimate punishment and we’ll get the ultimate in happiness! But if I ever get any kind of cancer or other disease like that, I’m not taking chemo or any treatments. I’ll just take that as God finally giving me my TRUE freedom. Just keep me comfortable. This world is going to hell anyways. This younger generation is a bunch of wimps and if anything ever happened to this country, such as ISIS invading, we’re done. None of the kids under 30 have any guts or any inkling of how to protect this country. The college campuses have gone crazy and the professors are condoning and pushing them. America is already gone. Those of us that are old and/or disabled have no place nor respect in America anymore. Barry Insane has completed his Fundamental Transformation. God have mercy on us.

Jim R 41
5 years ago
Reply to  Dragon

Give them Hell Dragon

Steve m
5 years ago

Thank God I don’t live in OR or CA or a growing list of states. There the higher pay, coupled with lower bebefits for home care, may well encourage doctors and insurance companies to push euthanasia as the solution. Now that’s socialism – for the common good. Rings of China’s birth control which has backfired on them.

Cynthia
5 years ago

What we all need to do is to get as many people out to vote as possible that want to take our Country back, we have too many freeloaders in this country that are going to get out & vote as they feel they are entitled to everything & not have to work for it and they don’t care who pays for their “free” stuff as long as it’s not them.
Just who does Bernie Sanders think is going to pay for all his “free stuff”? God help us if he should even get near the White House.

Beverly
5 years ago
Reply to  Cynthia

My sentiments exactly, Cynthia!! Maybe we all need to get ion the middle of the streets in our wheelchairs and walkers like the other groups do!! It is too easy to forget us when we are not visable!!!!!

ita sara
5 years ago
Reply to  Beverly

I agree but PLEASE DON’T VOTE FOR HILLARY EIHER// She is no different and a big supporter of the ACA which keeps costing all of us more money.

Beverly
5 years ago
Reply to  ita sara

I would NEVER vote for Hillary!!!!!!!!!

jean
5 years ago

SENIORS..get wise… the Democrats are not your friend. I am 68 had been a registered Democrat all my life. Your Democratic party today is not what it used to be. It is a power grab so they can steal us blind and enslave us to the govt. It is more of a Socialist party. Look what Socialism Marxism has done for the people of Russia, Greece, what it did for Germany and many other countries. Well folks.. its coming to a neighborhood near you. We need some conservatism for a while to get this country on track and on a budget.

Doug Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  jean

You are correct Jean! Thank you for posting this as a DFLer! We need to return to the Constitution and have our gov’t care for the legal Americans and follow the laws in this country as given by our forefathers. DFL Republican, others? We need to care for each other as our creator prescribed! You’re my friend because you have a pulse! Well done Jean!

Jim R 41
5 years ago
Reply to  Doug Thompson

The problem with those of us who had real forefathers who fought and died to keep the constitution in all wars, are now outnumbered by those who did not, and those who think theynare superior to the public.

TangleF
5 years ago
Reply to  jean

J: You are correct. The last dr i went too (which happened to be a liberal democrat obamacare dr) was absolutely not interested in my health and was absolutely committed to have me institutionalized. dr was taking total control of my life and wanted me in a long-term-care socialist medical facility. Yes, freedom is something that must be defended. TangleF

jean
5 years ago

I have paid into SS and Medicare for 50 yrs. This is not an entitlement to me and many others. Many of us seniors raised our kids then because of economy, helped raise grandchildren, had to help out children who along with us our lost jobs, lost or have no retirement left. Now Obama who is throwing granny over the cliff which again whatever Dems say Reps will do is what the Dems have already done. Many seniors are living in poverty, we pay more for Medicare than the Obamacare people are paying. That is a fact and it climbs every year. How can you deny an increase on SS benefits saying there is no increase in COLA and then 2016 letter from Medicare raises my rates. After paying for my Medicare and supplement, each month I have to live on $12800 for year. I called about food stamps and was told I don’t qualify. Try that one Congress and Obama. Yet immigrants and refugees get free everything. If I was under 65 I could get Obama care for $25 a month. Thats disgusting. I have had Millennials say Baby Boomers are breaking this country. Bull..the money we paid in and its interest have been stolen to bail out special interests and give to illegals and lige time welfarers.

Trudy
5 years ago
Reply to  jean

Jean you pretty well nailed it. I am 63 and do not know if I can ever retire even though I have saved and paid into the system. I know people who can’t find a doctor who will even treat them as they can’t afford to take Medicare patients and stay in business the reimbursements rates are so low. These people have to use the ER as their healthcare provider. I do not have a lot of hope that the younger generations are going to wake up and realize that nothing is free and we can’t continue down this path. I think it was Margeret Thatcher who said,” the trouble with socialism is sooner or later you run out of other peoples money.”

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