|Social Security prevents poverty. It's wealth, exactly like a big bond that you can't sell. Medicare is a big insurance policy you've already paid for, in full, that takes effect at 65--an age when private insurers wouldn't touch you. Both are the last bastion of the American middle class. And both are under attack.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.