Amidst the Obamacare rollout, the defense I repeatedly heard is that Social Security and Medicare faced the same problems. Proponents believe history is on their side. However, the results prove otherwise.
Medicare. There is rampant fraud, rationing is getting worse, and many physicians won't accept it. In addition, it's due to become insolvent. Some would say it already is.
Social Security. As a retirement account it boasts a 3 percent return, whereas a well-diversified mutual fund averages 8-12 percent.
It has not kept up with inflation. And the Trust fund has been borrowed against to the point that there's an unfunded liability of an estimated $10 trillion to $90 trillion dollars. You can pick.
This is responsible governance? Remember, all of these programs -- and socialism in general -- are based on a single defeatist premise: If left to ourselves, we won't be humane to each other.
Some expect their government to pinch-hit for their sense of humanity and morality, and if you observe this nation today it's obvious their premise is flawed. While it's worth noting that millions of people got the help they needed because of these programs, the question remains: At what cost?
Future generations deserve a strait answer to that question.
JEREMY OWEN, Kennewick