Democrats were perhaps as excited by the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Republicans Saturday, boasting that Ryan will be a boon to their cause on every level.
Their reasoning: Mitt Romney is inextricably tied now to the architect of the GOP’s plan to privatize Medicare, and Ryan’s proposal to slash entitlements is guaranteed to receive more national attention than ever before.
“In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement Saturday morning.
On entitlements, Romney offered up a Medicare voucher plan, but offered no details as to how generous the vouchers would be, making it difficult to accuse him of slashing seniors benefits.
Democrats will have no such problem with Ryan’s detailed Medicare plan, which the nonpartisan CBO estimates would require SENIORS to PAY THOUSANDS of DOLLARS more in out-of-pocket costs.
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A tea party group has a surprising and harsh urging for long-time tea party favorite Michele Bachmann: Quit the presidential race.
“It’s time for Michele Bachmann to go,” reads the first line of a statement from American Majority President Ned Ryun. His group operates in seven states, trains thousands of tea party supporters and is “liked” by over 371,000 people on Facebook.
“Bachmann, the leader of the so-called tea party caucus in the House and the most vocal about her affiliation with the Tea Party than any other Presidential candidate, has consistently presented herself as a champion of the movement and its values,” Ryun’s statement continued.
“Bachmann has ridden her tea party credentials from obscurity to a national platform like no other.”
“I think it’s pretty obvious that Michele Bachmann is about Michele Bachmann,” American Majority Executive Director Matt Robbins said.
“Anyone who knows the congresswoman, and knows her record, we appreciate a national figure standing up for the tea party types,” Robbins added.
Robbins said the statement is not about the group favoring one candidate over Bachmann.
“We are equal opportunity hecklers.” Robbins said. “We point out the foibles and the flaws in each one of the candidates. And we don’t care which one of the personalities wins, as long as they’re conservative.”
“Let’s face it: she’s a back-bencher and has been a back bencher congressperson for years,” Robbins added. “This is not a serious presidential campaign.”
Via: Yuma Sun
A Yuma man in need of heart surgery doesn’t know what to do next after losing his health insurance.
Steven Stephenson recently had to quit his job because of his health issues. Now, his Social Security payments are slightly too high — by $12 a month — for him to be eligible for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which is the state’s Medicaid program.
“It’s rough. I don’t know what I’m going to do … when I talked to my doctor he wants me to go for surgery in my heart. I don’t know how I am going to be able to pay these bills.”
In Arizona, childless adults with an income below the federal poverty level (an income of $903 a month or less) are eligible for AHCCCS coverage thanks to Proposition 204, a 2000 voter-approved initiative requiring the state to provide free care for anyone in that category.
Beginning July 1, however, the state plans to stop enrolling anyone in this category, though those already in AHCCCS could continue to get care. The same thing would happen to parents whose income is at least 75 percent of the federal poverty level, though their children would remain eligible.
Just a further data note. Canada has a system called Medicare; it’s actually quite a lot like US Medicare, but less open-ended and MORE SERIOUS ABOUT COST CONROL. Here’s Canadian spending on health versus US spending, (see graph).
Hmm. Canadian Medicare looks pretty sustainable, especially as compared with the US system, which has much more private insurance.
Now, Canadian health care isn’t perfect — but it’s not bad, and Canadians are happier with their system than we are with ours.
So anyone who tells you that Medicare as we know it — a single-payer system that covers everyone over a certain age — is unsustainable is ignoring the clear evidence that other countries somehow manage to make similar systems quite sustainable.
It’s Cost Control, Stupid!
Via: Huffington Post
WASHINGTON — Rep. Rob Woodall, a Georgia Republican, made a vigorous ideological defense of ending Medicare as it currently exists, telling seniors at a local town hall that they ought not look to the government to provide health care for the elderly just because their private employer doesn’t offer health benefits for retirees.
A Woodall constituent raised a practical obstacle to obtaining coverage in the private market within the confines of an employer-based health insurance system: What happens when you retire?
“The private corporation that I retired from does not give medical benefits to retirees,” the woman told the congressman in video captured a local Patch reporter in Dacula, Ga.
“Hear yourself, ma’am. Hear yourself,” Woodall told the woman. “You want the government to take care of you, because your employer decided not to take care of you. My question is, ‘When do I decide I’m going to take care of me?’”
” Hear yourself, ass-hole!”
The lady DID MAKE PLANS; and the plan was for her to use HER medicare when she retired; which by the way, she has been paying ‘becoup bucks’ into for YEARS!
NOW, if you want to change the system, by privatising for it for young workers; knock yourself out.
But you and Ryan and the other GOP ass-holes, should STOP fuckin’ with people!
I retired early.
And because COBRA was prohibitively expensive, and I KNEW someday they would f-up Medicare; I decided to live in Thailand.
Here I have FULL coverage, for life; and if you are under 60, so can you.
Via: Think Progress
May 11, 2011
“With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses.”
May 18, 2010 (less than a year earlier)
But on Thursday evening, the ophthalmologist from Bowling Green said there was one thing HE WOULD NOT CUT: Medicare physician payments
In fact, Paul — who says 50% of his patients are on Medicare — wants to end cuts to physician payments under a program now in place called the sustained growth rate, or SGR.
“Physicians should be allowed to make a comfortable living.”
I agree physians should be able to make a comfortale living; but people who are ‘struggling’ should not end up in the ‘poor house’ in order to pay their medical bills.
Or go without, and die.
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