Presently, any existing Social Security recipient over 75 or so has already received more entitlements than they paid for. On average, about a quarter million bucks in SS and MC. If they get a Medicaid nursing home bed they will get even more.
Older teacher and public union retirees (older than their mid-70s) are also receiving a huge windfall.
And if you ask any of the above, they earned it and they are entitled. Few will admit that they are making out like bandits. Greatest generation, etc.
Problem now is that our society has experienced a power transition in some areas. Kinda like a quilt. Traditional labor unions used to largely dictate terms to the Democratic party. Now there are few traditional labor folks 9 percent and falling.
So the Dems have looked to public and service employee labor union members along with blacks and entitlement recipients to fill up the ranks. Those folks now dictate the terms to the party and hence drive the white house and senate initiatives.
Whereas traditional union folks had union healthcare, their main concern was keeping the pipeline of work going for the members.
The new power base, because they largely work for or live off of the govt, have work, or at least an income stream. What they want are: 1. affordable health care meaning everybody gets the same--got it; 2. affordable housing meaning everybody gets the same--got it; 3. educational "equity" meaning everybody gets the same education and the same jobs--got it. All paid for with a trillion dollar federal deficit every year and busted school district budgets.
Interesting times we live in.