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Replacing Entitlements with A Strong New Safety Net
“Reform of our unsustainable entitlement programs should be a priority ... the imperative to undertake reform earlier rather than later is great. Unless Social Security and Medicare are revamped, the massive burden from retiring baby boomers will place major strains on the nation's budget and the economy.” - Ben Bernanke/Federal Reserve (Former Chairman)
Reevaluating & Reforming Our Entitlement Programs
Contrary to some "popular opinion," America is both the land of opportunity and a land of great generosity - here at home and around the world. A key difference between a free and independent repubic and socialized forms of government is that in order to

build a floor so big no one can fall through the cracks, socialists must also build a ceiling to keep things under control There is no ceiling America - the sky's the limit. But there IS a floor a safet net of publicly funded programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicare each created by the good people of America to take care of those either less fortunate, unlucky or incapable of survival without it. But these social programs are not designed as a Giant Hammock to catch every lazy soul who chooses not to help themselves. Frankly, we think the very term "entitlement" should be done away with!

Up With America is dedicated to returning control of her aging population to individuals, families, charities and churches by encouraging privatization, forcing the federal government to adopt a balanced budget, bringing an end to deficit spending ... while still working to maintain a limited minimum safety-net for the weakest among us.

America’s desire to care for the poor, the weak, the underprivileged and even the less fortunate is no doubt rooted in our Judeo/Christian heritage. It is, to be certain, among our strengths. But when it comes to “federal” care of all sorts, it is rapidly becoming our biggest weakness.

Few Americans would disagree that with all of our abundance, we should find a way to maintain a safety net for the weakest among us. Unfortunately, there’s a limit to what federal government, or ANY level of democratic government for that matter, can be expected to do. Worse, there will come a ‘tipping point’ of sorts in the next few decades where demand for government “entitlements” exceeds the taxpayers’ ability to pay. As stated emphatically by Fed Chairman Bernanke, we are flat out of time to make the changes.

Major entitlements include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid - and if it comes to fruition, the Affordable Care Act (popularly known as Obamacare).
Social Security was created and is designed to provide retirement income, health care for the aged and disability coverage for eligible workers and their dependents. It is the old age, survivors and disability insurance section of the Federal Social Security Act of 1935. It is the ultimate safety net - and it is paid for through payroll taxes so that each American "technically" receives his or her own money - money they paid into their Social Security Fund throughout their earning years. Unfortunately at the rate we’re going, it will collapse under its own weight by 2040 at the latest.

Medicare is a nationwide health insurance program providing health insurance to people age 65 or older, people entitled to Social Security disability payments for 2 years or more, and people with end-stage renal disease, regardless of income. The program was enacted July 30, 1965, as Title XVIII, Health Insurance for the Aged of the Social Security Act, and became effective on July 1, 1966.

Medicaid is a federally-funded, state-run program that provides medical assistance for individuals and families with limited incomes and resources. It pays for your health care costs, including doctor's visits and eye care.

Medicare is a nationwide health insurance program providing health insurance to people age 65 or older, people entitled to Social Security disability payments for 2 years or more, and people with end-stage renal disease, regardless of income. The program was enacted July 30, 1965, as Title XVIII, Health Insurance for the Aged of the Social Security Act, and became effective on July 1, 1966.

Smart Solutions to Replacing America's Entitlements
In many ways, solving this monstrous problem is far more important than was “sending a man to the moon and returning him safely to the Earth” - as was called for by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Not going to the moon would have slowed mankind’s great discoveries in science, medicine and more; not solving our looming entitlement disaster may guarantee the collapse of the entire nation and assure that the very people who are suckling at the breast of Mother America will have no where to turn.

UpWithAmerica believes that we must achieve the goal by 2026 of Saving Social Security by offering private alternatives to our younger citizens, opt-out/return options to our wealthiest citizens and slowly and incrementally increase the retirement age to better reflect the longevity of today’s American citizen - ultimately settling at 70 years of age.
Extensive details will be revealed shortly (published April 8, 2014)



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