All lies.<quoted text>I don't see them as being funded by TAXPAYERS; even those on Medicare or Medicaid have statistically paid into the programs through payroll taxes. I'm talking about the private insurance system which prior to 2003 at least, predominately paid not only for Viagra but also penile implants and pumps, etc., while denying women birth control pills (which cost ever so much less). Some of the Cadillac plans, prior to ACA, such as your Congressman's, still do.
Truth be told, I'm responsible for my own life; you Grumpy Old Pricks just keep blaming poor people for your miserable existence, IMHO.
Besides, Medicare is a welfare program. Payments during your working life are taxes for current beneficiaries, not insurance premiums to pay for future benefits. Medicare is not guaranteed and could be stopped at any time.