Many clever partisans on the Left think they have a weapon of irony when they recall how some in the Tea Party carried signs telling government to get its hands off their Medicare. The sweetest of ironies, right, for a group complaining about an interventionist government? Don't these goobers know that Medicare emanates from government like manna from heaven? No, wait, Medicare was foisted on society, regardless whether Americans wanted it or wanted to create their own healthcare plans for later years. There's no doubt that many Americans lobbied their representatives for Medicare or something like it, but, then, if people get what they want, then government will be providing free sex toys for lonely men and women who needlessly suffer from lack of seual stimulation.
Citizens of the US are so far removed from the idea of purchasing their own healthcare and retirement plans from private sources, it just seems natural to assume Medicare is a gift from government and not something that the 60-something protesters have been paying into for 40-something years, or that they have every right to demand this money they paid into government be paid back in the form of decent healthcare coverage and treatment. The Leftist mindset that makes fun of those who demand that government adhere to the contractual arrangement is patronizing and wrongheaded, although Americans had no choice in the contract except to pay in to Medicare.
If so many Americans had not been trained to think of Medicare as necessary and inevitable, and if they could imagine what types of private plans are possible from what they've paid into Medicare, they wouldn't be so satisfied with Medicare, perhaps, and would begin demanding that Medicare be destroyed and replaced with nothing from government except an agreement to leave healthcare alone. Private assistance organizations can deal with those in old age who are in need of care and can't help themselves -- otherwise, young people could start paying into private plans early so they can retire early, with much, much greater benefits than the crumbs doled out by government. Plus, government is going broke, and many Americans. Left and Right, will soon demand that government keep its hands off benefits, but government won't be able to follow through because it's squandered the pay-ins and has borrowed too much, and then the truth will emerge as a giant re-set takes place and everyone has to accept what they're given. Maybe government will come up with a statist solution, but I seriously doubt it. Just wait until the Left starts screaming about Medicare -- we ain't heard nothing yet.
So you think the State will always be capable of providing a safety net. Oh, what a disappointment is lying ahead!