..::: NEWS RELEASE
..::: 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
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
(http://www.afcm.org), is the nation's only educational organization
based on individual rights, personal responsibility, and capitalism in
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