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Medicare: Did You Really Pay For That?

Thasic Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 4:40 AM
The government should tally exactly what each person paid into medicare and disperse just that exact amount back to each of them. Then they get what they paid in, nothing more.

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Last summer, Barack Obama riled a lot of entrepreneurs when he got carried away at a campaign event and told any American who had built up a successful enterprise, “you didn’t build that.” An even greater backlash awaits any politician who dares to tell Medicare recipients, “You didn’t pay for that”—for there are far more seniors than entrepreneurs in our country.

Time after time during Election Year 2012, seniors and near-seniors reacted to the slightest mention of Medicare reform with indignation and the emphatic insistence, “Don’t you...