Photo credit: @julesdwit.
A not-for-profit media organization supported by people like you.
Connecticut Republican contenders for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon, former CEO of WWE, and Christopher Shays, former Congressman (R CT 4th), talk about Tuesday's primary election to pick the candidates to replace Joe Lieberman.
Eliminating waste @ hospitals is like reducing the deficit by eliminating waste in government - a nice talking point.
Hospitals don't order tests - doctors do. Doctors are generally affiliated with, not employed by hospitals. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but generally they are not employees.
The draconian moves medicare is currently taking is only going to drive more providers to stop taking medicare patients. This is not what we want for medicare patients.
Saying all that, there is a problem & I don't know the answer - just that these answers (Obama's health care law & Ryan's plan) are not the right ones.
Any candidate who first looks to cuts in benefits under Medicare without considering the waste in terms of capital outlays by hospitals and others as well as unnecessary tests, some of which may even be harmful to the patient, is joining the chorus of those barking up the wrong tree.
I'm sick of hearing how they're only going to hose those under 55.
I'm 50 - what magic can I perform to come up with the 100's of thousands of dollars I'll need to make up for the cuts to medicare & social security?
I'm also not getting warm fuzzies off of Democrats - they seem to want to just send us the way of Greece.
I think the first step is to let ALL of the Bush tax cuts expire - this will help a lot. Then we need to look at some reasonable cuts (not rape those without lobbyists).
Whoever gets elected, I figure I'm screwed.
Contrary to the lies of Republicans, Medicaid and Medicare are _very_ cost effective. Both are far more cost effective than any Fortune 500 company — by large margins. Moreover, both programs get excellent reviews from the people they serve. So why are Republicans so gung-ho about cutting two very effective government programs — because they oppose government except when it's sending kickbacks to the wealthy and spending billions on hugely inefficient military beasts.
Politics does seem to be an open invitation to complete babbling idiots...
Personal income taxes account for $8.7 billion of Connecticut's total revenue of $18.8 billion in 2012. If all of her tax cuts come from personal income taxes, then it _must_ be skewed to the wealthy, not the middle class. In that case, she's lying.
If by contrast, she's cutting taxes elsewhere, how can she say that she's delivering $500 per month to the "average middle class" taxpayer? Is she tallying up reductions in business taxes under the personal column?
However she's doing what she claims, she's lying.
Connecticut is seeing annual budget shortfalls in the neighborhood of $3 billion. McMahon says she will reduce revenues to the tune of _billions_. So she _must_ be planning cuts. Where? And why won't Brian Lehrer ask any tough questions?
All she's doing is ducking Brian's questions and shmoozing with words like "let's move forward!" Meh.
Does she like Coke or Pepsi?
Will McMahon go after (jail) the crooks at AIG, which is based in Ct, or is she happy to accept their contributions?
Cut the interview short because she has not answered a single question.I will be deducting $100 for each minute she stays on the air.Thank you.
She's totally incoherent! Hard to tell if she doesn't know how to answer the questions, or if she doesn't understand them. Maybe both?
McMahon has just lied both about the effects of the Affordable Care Act and about what can be done from a purely economic/revenue standpoint with tax reductions.
Why don't you ask Linda McMahon how she plans to get $500 per MONTH back to taxpayers when that would add up to $6000 per year — more than the average Connecticut taxpayer's yearly tax bill?
Email addresses are required but never displayed.
Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.
Subscribe on iTunes
WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York's flagship public radio
stations, broadcasting the finest programs from NPR, PRI and American Public Media, as well as a wide range of award-winning local
programming. WNYC is a division of
New York Public Radio.