Yesterday my wife told me about a great web site she'd heard mentioned on the Thom Hartmann program (which originates from KPOJ in nearby Portland, Oregon -- on America's proudly left coast).
It's Stop My Benefits, where the people who are ranting about Obamacare, socialized medicine, and government taking over our freedoms can sign a form asking that their participation in distasteful programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's benefits, and Social Security be stopped.
Excellent idea. As the site says:
It has been apparent that some people think that “government-run, socialized” healthcare programs are bad. There has even been discussions where people don’t “want the government to take over their Medicare”. These people fail to understand that Medicare is a form of socialized, government-run healthcare program already. And it appears that the people who are complaining about the government “taking over healthcare” also love their Medicare and Medicaid.
So it gets down to this. Either put up or shut up. If a person wants to complain about “government-run, socialized” healthcare programs, there is a choice that they can make on their own.
By filling out the form (either print or online) on their own, people who disagree with such programs can indeed do everyone else a favor and give up their coverage. If someone is horrified about “government-run, socialized” healthcare programs, there is now the chance to end the benefits.
Of course, this form needs to be expanded.
Right-wingers also should have an opportunity to decline protection from our socialistic police and fire departments, and to promise that none of their children will ever attend a socialistic public school or check books out of a socialistic public library.
They also would want to promise to never use our taxpayer-constructed public roads, which is going to cut down on attendance at Tea Party rallies, since everybody will have to travel off-road to them.