I’m widowed, and after my husband died, I learned that we were not as well off as I thought. He took care of all the finances, so it was kind of a shock when I had to figure it all out for myself. I’m diabetic and have a heart condition and have been in the hospital a couple of times. I don’t know what I would have done without Medicare. I guess I’d have to sell the house. If Obama votes to take away Medicare and Social Security, there’s gonna be a lot of homeless seniors on the streets.
-Eloise, 68, Salt Lake City
We don’t rely on entitlement programs the way some people do. We are blessed to have more than enough assets to cover our needs. We buy supplemental Medicare coverage, because medical bills surely can ruin a person, but we probably wouldn’t even notice if Social Security went down. We just put those checks in the money market every month. It’s nice–don’t get me wrong–but it wouldn’t be like for some people.
-Clara, 69, Irving, Tex.