Claim Versus Personal Responsibility

Claim refers to a person’s privilege when it comes to prerogative. However, this definition has been deleted from claims such as Social Security or Medicare: “I’ve paid in, and now the government pays off,” or claims like “Give it to me, because I want/need/deserve it now.” The latter may arise, because there is a literal need – hungry children – that translates to a literal want – we must have food on our shelves – and then to an entitlement attitude – you do not want us starving, do you? We are entitled just because we have an entitlement.

There are many claims in this country, from food stamps, to rent reductions or additional income, to income-earned credit, to salary and income deductions. I do not begrudge anyone these services. I only hope that after receiving these people they will work to find independence and personal responsibility. In this way the claim is a tool and not a permanent crutch.

Self-responsibility means that effort, hard work, and training or education have paid off with monetary rewards. I can buy food for my family because I have a job that I strive for; always arrive early and (if necessary) work overtime to meet my requirements.

I do not call on the phone to say I’m sick, I have a rainy day fund and plan my finances so that every day, every week and every month is healthy and happy. When offered a bonus for work done, I accept it and use it to get ahead, rather than wasting it and asking how my family and I will survive until the next paycheck. Find a plan with Mutual and other carriers @

Self-responsibility also means that I know and appreciate claims and use them as necessary for personal well-being. For example, the Food Bank offers fresh produce once a month, so I take advantage of it. I also volunteer to help with the meal service, and I have a clear sense of earning this reward. I do not judge others about this wonderful food because I know that times are hard and that they can come to anyone. I just hope that those who simply receive without trying to repay will find a way to make their lives stronger and better by learning the routine for payback.

I know several relatives who are reaping the benefits of Medicare, a clear state authorization. No matter how hard they argue that they paid into the service and deserved it, I know they never paid the $ 100,000 required for open heart surgery. I do not deny the medical and financial support they have received, but I want these family members to do two things.

They have to admit that this is a privilege and that it was partly “earned”, but not completely earned.

Secondly, I would like them to take responsibility for making some lifestyle changes related to the operation, eg. life stress, diet, exercise, and reducing intensity, and following post-operative instructions. That only makes sense to me and can prevent a return to the hospital.