Koch writes: “You may be interested in the information that we uncovered on the insurance and other benefits that would be available to you in this country. Since you have paid into the United States Social Security Program for a full forty quarters, you are entitled to Social Security payments while living anywhere in the Free World. Also, at any time you are in the United States, you are automatically entitled to hospital coverage.”
Then, taking on the unlikely role of Social Security Administration customer service rep, Koch adds, “In order to be eligible for medical coverage you must apply during the registration period which is anytime from January 1 to March 31. For your further information, I am enclosing a pamphlet on Social Security.”In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Social Security Administration has confirmed to EconomicPolicyJournal.com that Hayek did apply for Social Security benefits.
The FOIA reply states:
Thank you for your Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request asking whether or not deceased Nobel Prize winner Dr. Friedrich Augustus von Hayek ever registered to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Our records show that Dr. von Hayek registered to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration.The lefties may have a field day with this news, but the idea of applying for Social Security payments is not necessarily hypocritical, as discussed before relative to Ron Paul's acceptance of SS payments and Walter Block's further discussion of Ayn Rand taking SS paymemts.
I find this comment by Prof. Block most enlightening on the subject:
May anyone properly seize state wealth in this perspective? No. Only non statists may legitimately do so. Not Halliburton nor Bechtel; not Hillary nor Rudy. They are all supporters of statism. They are all members in good standing in the ruling class (see on this here and here). But Ron, and also the average guy in the street, may do so. They have no blood on their hands. Indeed, it is a positive mitzvah for people of this sort to relieve the government of its stolen property.