Wow, 85 percent of your calls come from seniors. In the old days people's parents lived with them when they were old. In a way it is bad that the government started letting people go into rest homes for free because it became a way for people go get their parents estates and send their money before they even pass away and they don't have to take their parents in. People see it like "why should I pay for a rest home when I can take that money, travel, buy stuff, live it up and I can place my parent in a rest home on the government." That's how they look at it. The problem is billions and billions of dollars of expenses from Medicaid run up over time and someone has to pay for it.<quoted text>
Employed young people are beginning to scream. I'm a paramedic/fireman, work mostly with young people. When we receive our checks, we laugh.
About 85% of our public emergency ambulance calls are from Seniors. The average tab for a limo ride to the hospital is $700 ..
About 5% of our calls are from seniors who have fallen or require assistance. There is no charge for helping them, property taxes foot the gas/personnel cost.
Last, the senior emergency calls when nothing is wrong. Sometimes it's anxiety or fear. Like the 'fall' calls, they are free. One widowed lady calls us every week complaining of chest pain. We go, hold her hand and leave. No charge.
The family unit has evaporated and older people have nobody to turn to. It's a rather sad situation. Something must change.
It's the same thing with the entitlements. It encourages people to spend all of their money and not to save. And then the programs go bankrupt and now we have 80 baby boomers who spent all of their money dependent on bankrupt old aged government programs. I think Ron Paul has the right idea to go Libertarian and end all of the government programs that give people money because then people just vote for whoever will give them the money and it makes people dependent. That's what happened in Greece and Spain too.