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..::: MAY 13, 2005

How Social Security Affects Your Health Care

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA—Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM) reminds us that Social Security and Medicare are inextricably linked, leaving your health care subject to the whims of Washington.

“The Social Security Administration requires anyone applying for Social Security retirement benefits to enroll in Medicare Part A (hospital) insurance,” explains Richard E. Ralston, AFCM’s executive director. "Why do they take your Social Security payments away if you withdraw from Medicare Part A? By inventing a “right” to health care, the government makes you depend on them for health care, depend on them for retirement income, depend on them for everything."

With Social Security compromises lurking between Republicans, who want government-controlled accounts, and Democrats, who seek mandatory employee 401(k) participation, Ralston examines how dependence and force lie at the heart of the nation’s most immediate entitlement negotiations and he warns that what Washington does with Social Security today is likely to hurt your health care tomorrow. The standard for judging any new entitlement, he insists, is the rights of the individual.

Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM), was founded in 1993 to educate the public about socialized medicine and free market ideas. AFCM, which publishes a consumer's guide on its Web site (, is the nation's only educational organization based on individual rights, personal responsibility, and capitalism in medicine.

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