LETTER: Ron Johnson has no clue what SS means to most Americans

To Ozaukee Press:

When I was a kid, my great-grandparents lived in the homes of my grandparents’ generation. My great-grandmother Dassow lived in the dining room in the home of my great aunt and uncle with a hospital bed. This time period was pre-Medicare. But they all received Social Security income that helped my family take care of them in their homes.

President Lyndon Johnson travelled to Independence, Mo., on July 30, 1965 to sign the Medicare bill into law. His gesture drew attention to the 20 years it had taken Congress to enact government health insurance for senior citizens after Harry Truman had proposed it. Approximately 30 years earlier in 1935,

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.

The number one reason in Wisconsin that families go bankrupt is overwhelming medical bills. Imagine if Republicans got their way and senators like Ron Johnson could put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Imagine if they got their way and raised Medicare eligibility to age 75. The middle class as we know it would collapse. Only the very wealthy would have any money left to give to their children.

I worked for over forty years. I paid into both Social Security and Medicare. It is my money. The average Social Security recipient gets $18,500 per year. Millionaires in the Senate have no clue how much that money means to American families.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy, without Social Security 40% of senior citizens would be living at or below the poverty line.

The Republicans have been trying to cut Social Security and Medicare for years. These should not be programs that are subject to annual debate. If that happened, Social Security payments would likely never increase, much like the national minimum wage. Social Security payments might not exist at all if they are privatized and linked to the stock market.

So please, Sen. Johnson, keep your hands off my Social Security and Medicare, for all of our families’ sakes. My generation worked too hard to be a burden on our children.

Deb Dassow



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