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.”