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Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, discusses the contentious special election in NY's 26th district.
Just to clarify: I am worried for all generations not receiving Medicare As We Know It -- especially since we did not pass a Medicare For All plan when we had a Democratic president, Democratic House, and Democratic Senate.
We coulda done it, but the Democratic president demanded that single payer be kept "off the table."
And, we could have had a jobs program, which would have made our budget problems much easier all around. But trillions (was it $13T over and above any TARP monies that went out the Fed's back door to the banksters? Hard to know, but it seems to be up to that, $10-13 Trillion?) went to the banksters.
And now we have entrenched UN- and DIS-employment, with states and localities suffering and making Draconian cuts to needed services. We see cuts to schools, to fire stations, to police, to health care for the poor, no extension of unemployment benefits.
But, banksters and Big Bidness are doing well and sitting on their profits.
Is this any way to run a nation?A society? What kind of social contract are we living under now?
And, when do the Soylent Green factories open?
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Today's DC Democrats seem unable to realize what was achieved, and, under Obama's leadership, have put both Social Security and medical security at risk. Under Obama, health CARE reform was acutally health INSURANCE reform (Obama himself called in that, unless he was trying to fool the voters into thinking this was really about health CARE) and all efforts were expended to deny people the Medicare For All they wanted, for even a weak and ill-defined so-called "public option." Instead Obama worked for and passed legislation which mandates people buy private health insurance. The mandates were the private for-profit insurerance companies' wet dream, the only way they could keep their customers as they get ever more expensive.
Much of what was agreed on was done in closed door meetings with the Big Health Industry Players, then Obama plumped for it, again often behind the scenes while telling the rubes a public option would take care of their concerns about rapacious private insurers, until...he got the bill, ugly as it was, passed. He touted a few things which helped mostly those with enough money to afford to add their grown children to their own plans. Of course, those without insurance couldn't do such a thing, and those with individual insurance most likely could never afford to do such a thing, given the rates charged individuals.
But, back to seniors concerned about Medicare As We Know It -- If a Ryan plan passed, how long before Republicans, echoing Sen. Simpson, or perhaps he himself will lead the charge, will be rasing public ire about "greedy geezers on Medicare" sucking at the public trough and getting better health insurance than, oh, just about everybody else?
How long? Way less than a decade. The attacks will probably being during the debate to pass any Ryan type plan, whether from Obama or the Republicans.
We really do need a politcal party which represents the needs of the people over the desires of the top 1% and Big Bidness.
Will we get that? Not looking too good. As Warren Buffett did say, there is class warfare and his class, the rich, have won.
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Brian, just to let you know that someone can be in the age range that will, purportedly, receive Medicare As We Know It, but...such a person can be alarmed, worried, angry that Medicare will NOT be there for those turning 55 when a plan such as Paul Ryan's might be passed.
Also, having gone through the massive downsizings in American corporations and seeing how, amazingly, mostly people close to 50 or over were the great majority of those downsized, I worry that people in their mid-fifties will never be able to save enough to make up for the loss of Medicare As We Know It. Yes, they can try to save more, but, gee, what if they can't get a job which will permit them to make additions to their savings? What if they get sick? What if they can't afford health insurance which will actually cover their medical needs? And that's BEFORE they get on a Ryan type Medicare which will increasingly cover less and less of the cost of ANY insurance.
I'm somewhat disappointed that you see the older voters who don't want Medicare As We Know It destroyed as being stupid or uninformed because "they've got theirs." I'm one of those people, and I will fight tooth and nail to ensure that following generations are not deprived of one of the few remaining safety nets in this society.
I was raised as a Republican, back when Republicans were probably more liberal than most of today's DC Democrats, but I saw how elderly people had to decide between pills and food, between housing and having medical procedures. I realized as I came of age that my religious and personal ethics were not represented by most Republicans, but were by the Democrats of that day. I backed LBJ's efforts for Medicare and Medicaid fully, and even my mother, who was dyed in the wool Republican eventually became a Democrat as she saw the wisdom and morality of what LBJ had accomplished..
i read at the time the GOP was replying to transgendered ads. true??
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