9/19/11 Oral Arguments October 13
Great news! All of the Medicare Lawsuit briefs have been submitted to the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and we are on track for oral arguments on October 13, 2011. Our lawsuit argues that “entitlements” are not “mandates” and that retirees should be able to receive Social Security Retirement benefits without being forced to enroll in Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A). Reading: First Brief (73 pages) and Reply Brief (32 pages)
The most common question I’m asked is, “Why would someone not want to participate in a free program after paying a taxes for decades?” Terry C. of Nevada wrote:
It is useless for us to have Medicare. It is worse than useless in fact because just having Medicare makes me ineligible for my HSA which actually serves me well.
Like co-plaintiff John Kraus, Terry’s HSA is “moribund.” By mandating participation in Medicare, retirees who set aside funds for future medical expenses lose their ability to freely direct their health care dollars. We argue that this is unconstitutional.
For the entire update: http://thefundforpersonalliberty.org/email/Update-110919-All-Briefs-Filed.html