I’ll address your other statement later. I never mentioned Soc Security just medicare/medicaid, but while we’re on Social Security I’ll address something else not even related to the planned parenthood/birth control issue. I won’t say whether it’s even moral or not, because as you know with entitlements the decision is not ours, nor are our Catholic morality taken into consideration.
Lets say you’re in your mid/early 50’s, you married young, you and your spouse paid into Soc Sec your entire life. Your spouse suddenly dies. What about the benefits your spouse paid into that he/she never collected.?? Do you believe you’re entitled to it? If your answer is NO, then why should you be entitled to any of his/her property, even if was solely his/hers. ie. a car, personal property
If your answer is YES, you are entitled to all that money he/she paid into the system, then the way Soc Sec works now is you would not be able to remarry before age 60, or you lose all your deceased spouses benefits. Do you think that’s moral? Did you have any personal choice or free will even in something you thought you owned like Soc Sec benefits?
This is the theory or theoretical problems of socialist based systems you were asking . Neither I nor the Catholic Church is ignoring how these systems benefit individuals. The part that is problematic from the Catholic social teaching aspect, is the private ownership, and the free will the individual has in choosing what morally belongs to the person. The rules can be changed sure, but those changes whether good or bad are not always based on justice, or any moral law. Those rules are changed by the state you and even the Church is subordinate to on this type of economic system.
There are many many retired widows/widowers who are going to get a nasty surprise when they realize the spouse who’s earning were lower will lose their ENTIRE Soc Sec benefit if that lower earning spouse dies first, whether they remarry or not. Which raises another moral question: Why get married? What’s the difference if the widow who loses the benefits of his/her deceased spouse if the same result would have happened if they just lived as a couple and were unmarried?
I’ll go into this other ‘theory’ later. That theory is this: Soc Security though beneficial has harmed the family structure. I haven’t thought this one through, it’s just a theory i’ve heard