Senior Citizens

Apparently in anticipation of the reappearance of Medicare as a political issue, there has been organized in Florida (and with a Fifth Avenue, New York office address) a new group called The United Senior Citizens (U.S.A.), Inc. In contrast to the Administration's hastily organized Senior Citizens Councils prior to the big push last year for Medicare and King-Anderson, the new club, which disclaims affiliation "with any organization, medical, dental, political, or other," is against government sponsored medical care, especially by way of Social Security.

A booklet circularized by this new group of senior citizens has as its main theme that the government's proposal for Medicare, financed through Social Security, is a political move which attempts to legalize the extraction of a huge sum of money from the solvent workers of this country, to pay the medical bills of an entirely different group. The booklet argues that no matter how altruistic sounding the motives, the taking of money at the point of a gun, (or in the case of the government, on the threat of a penalty for tax evasion) can be classed in no other term except "stealing."

The United Senior Citizens feel that the man who robs a grocery store to feed his starving family is still guilty of a crime in the eyes of the law, and that stealing is just as reprehensible a crime when it is done by a government as it is when done by a private individual.

(c) The Doctor's Lounge, Muscogee County (Georgia) Medical Bulletin, Vol XX, No. 1, 1963, p20

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