Obama Pokes Fun At ‘Don’t Touch My Medicare’ People

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July 28, 2009 11:26 a.m.

President Obama poked fun today at people who want the government to stay out of Medicare.

“I got a letter the other day from a woman. She said, ‘I don’t want government-run health care. I don’t want socialized medicine. And don’t touch my Medicare,'” Obama said at an AARP-hosted town hall on health care. The crowd laughed.

“I wanted to say, you know, that’s what Medicare is: a government-run health care plan that people are very happy with,” Obama said, smiling, as he made the case for a public option to compete with private insurance plans.

The Washington Post reported a similar anecdote from a recent town hall in rural South Carolina with Rep. Robert Inglis (R-SC). Someone reportedly told Inglis, “Keep your government hands off my Medicare.”

“I had to politely explain that, ‘Actually, sir, your health care is being provided by the government,’ ” Inglis told the Post. “But he wasn’t having any of it.”

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