Whether you realize it or not, Medicare is a single payer government plan for those 65 and over. While it might not be the “perfect” plan, many seniors are happy with it and how it works for them. The trouble is that there is no other plan like this for others who need help facing health care expenses. This huge gap between the haves and have-nots is what health care reform is supposed to remedy.
Without another option for other people in need (low-income wage earners and middle-income wage earners) what would stop the government from raiding Medicare? The answer is that not much would stop Medicare from being raided and those in Medicare may yet see a decrease in funding to that program and even more difficulty accessing the health care that they want.