Who’s Responsible For Granny?

The government. 

It’s the job of government, not families, to take care of grandma, says Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

McDermott, appearing on C-SPAN Tuesday, said he opposes cuts to Medicare, the government program that paid his own parents’ medical bills: “Now we have a Medicare program, where my father — and my father lived to 93, my mother to 97 — and my brothers and sisters and I did nothing for them, except pay their taxes.”

McDermott said there is no reason to cut Medicare benefits for senior citizens, even though spending will escalate as millions of Baby Boomers come into the program: “So we simply have got to deal with the fact that the population is going to mean more spending,” he said. “It’s not that spending is out of control.”

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5 Responses to Who’s Responsible For Granny?

  1. Uke says:

    “Now we have a Medicare program, where my father — and my father lived to 93, my mother to 97 — and my brothers and sisters and I did nothing for them, except pay their taxes.”

    What a model son. I’m sure he made his parents very proud.

    • Matt says:

      Seriously–if your kids are going to turn out like that, why bother?

      • notamobster says:

        I come from a place where children take care of their aging parents. They do this at great emotional, financial, and physical cost to themselves. They do it because they love their parents and are thankful for all of the many sacrifices their parents made for them. They do it because they were raised right.

        Only a miserable piece of crap abandons their parents to the state (assuming their parents weren’t miserable pieces of crap – themselves).

  2. PhoneGuy says:

    How do you argue with logic like that?

    I agree that his kids should abandon him to the government…oh, wait, he’s a congressman, he won’t ever be forced to use government provided healthcare.

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