If you are going to take the government dole, then the dole giver is going to have some leverage over you.
I have been paying into Medicare for 45 years.
The medicare payroll tax only pays for hospitalization, that you could have a legitimate claim of a right to. Parts B and D are subsidized by general tax revenues. You have no more of a right to those than a poor person has a right to claim that he or she is owed food stamps. For example, about 75% of the cost of part B is paid for by the taxpayer. It is a major subsidy that seniors get that they are in no way entitled to. They did nothing to earn such a benefit.
When I finally start to collect it I will have to buy a medi-gap policy to cover what they don’t. they aren’t giving me anything. My diet is none of their damn business.
You clearly have never seen the data on how medicare is financed. If you think that part B is no deal (if that was true really true, you would never buy it since you are not forced to) then why do insurance companies that provide retiree health benefits often require their participants to buy part b? One plan I know requires its retirees to buy part b and the retirement plan reimburses the participant for the full cost. Effectively an insurance company is requiring people to buy insurance. Because it is a really good deal for the recipient, but not the taxpayer.
I agree, if you pay your own way, the government has no business telling you what to eat. If you want a subsidy that you are not entitled to, then it is the government’s business.