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SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE: INSURANCE

Apr 10th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Here’s something to ponder: Why has the word ‘entitlement’ become a negative slur? It seems to be used whenever politicians want to cast a government program in a negative light and influence negative perceptions. It appears to be an attempt to manipulate public opinion, once again. Sigh.

For senior citizens, Social Security and Medicare have been cast in the ‘entitlement’ negativism by some politicians, and it makes no sense. Well, except to try to manipulate our opinions, and therefore our votes. The discussion on this comment thread is a good description of the issue.

Entitlement is really very narrowly defined. The Merriam-Webster free online dictionary defines entitlement as , “…a right to