Entitlements aren’t free

Certain expensive government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, often are referred to as “entitlements.” That is because many Americans view them as virtual rights.

Unfortunately, the list of entitlements has grown beyond what taxpayers can sustain. This week, we learned there may be an addition to it: health insurance.

A public opinion poll involving 1,833 Americans ages 18 to 30 sought their opinions on health insurance. According to The Associated Press, pollsters found “a majority of people ages 18 to 30 think the federal government should be responsible for making sure Americans have health insurance” — with taxpayers footing the bill.

Sixty-three percent of poll respondents want the government to increase spending on health insurance.

Has it not occurred to these young people that someone has to pay the bills for all the goodies handed out by politicians in Washington and, sometimes, state capitals? Apparently not.

Before you dismiss the poll on which the AP reported, reflect that other surveys have found the same thing. Another poll conducted just a few days ago found that, according to the AP, “52 percent called (health care) a federal government responsibility to make sure all Americans have coverage.”

Politicians already shun any discussion of entitlements, even though they are eating the nation alive financially. Obviously, we had better begin the discussion soon — before someone suggests any more unaffordable benefits funded by that mythical money tree some people believe grows in Washington.

By Patricia Older

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