The GOP Rallies

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nia-Malika Henderson, national political reporter for The Washington Post and the anchor blogger for the Post's "Election 2012" blog, discusses how both campaigns are positioning themselves in the wake of Mitt Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. Plus, what the selection of Chris Christie to deliver the keynote address at the Republican Convention means.


Nia-Malika Henderson

Comments [14]

Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@meatwnyc --

Goes to show me that context is everything. I REALLY did read your comment as Pro-Ryan....Sorry.


Aug. 14 2012 01:33 PM

@Jack Jackson

I think you misread my comment. I wasn't suggesting anything is wrong with Medicare in my first statement; I was really commenting on the unfairness of creating a 2 tier system, and commenting how since he doesn't want to change the system for those over 55 he is implicitly saying the current plan works well for them. Why not for the rest of us is my question.

I agree with your whole statement after that and am one of those people who would've liked to see "Medicare for all".

Aug. 14 2012 11:07 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@meatwnyc -

Your initial premise is mistaken. MediCare works very well and is nearly universally well-regarded. For a middle class earner, the cost of MediCare is 4.9% of earnings THROUGHOUT your lifetime. (Some entitlement, there.) Over a third of us would rather have seen 'MediCare For All' as the Obama healthcare plan. Then we could be certain that our money was going to pay costs and administration and not toward bonuses for insurance executives.

The attempt to create a two-tier system is wholly owned by Ryan. No rational person wants to see healthcare provided through vouchers. Well, I take that back. Maybe shareholders in insurance companies do.

If you have a plan to lower the healthcare cost curve here in the U.S. (17% of GDP rather than 11-14% in other developed nations) than please share it.

Aug. 14 2012 10:44 AM
Edward from NJ

Social security and medicare are entitlements and there's nothing wrong with that. The problem is that the GOP wants the term "entitlements" to be defined as "programs to help poor (aka 'lazy') people".

Aug. 14 2012 10:44 AM
Belinda from White Plains

Joe from nearby,
The money we pay into social socurity and medicare is not where near what we receive in return. In fact, these program are heavily subsided, Brian is correct to call them "entitlements."

Aug. 14 2012 10:35 AM
henry from Rockville MD

What is being missed in this discussion is that throwing open choice to all under 55 will drain medicare resources by allowing the comparatively healthy to exit Medicare membership.

Aug. 14 2012 10:31 AM
Cynthia Kerns

Rep. Ryan assumes that since Medicare changes won't affect current seniors the debate about his proposed changes will go away. What about those of us who are not yet seniors? I am not wealthy by any means. I want Medicare to be there for when my husband and me need it.

Aug. 14 2012 10:30 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

Besides rank political expediency and desire for the elderly vote, how is it better that Medicare would go to a voucher system - with a "public option" choice - under Ryan's Budget in 10 years rather than immediately?

Aug. 14 2012 10:29 AM
Joe from nearby

Joe Corrao: "the narrative is set the scripts have been passed out."

Obviously you ignored the date of that video-- Sept. 7, 2011.....WAY before Ryan got picked by Mitt.

Joe Corrao = fail

Aug. 14 2012 10:28 AM

If his Medicare plan isn't good enough for today's seniors why is it going to be better for those of us under 55 when we get there?

Anytime someone tries to create a 2 tier system I think it's a sign the plan sucks to begin with. If you can't sell it to today's users you shouldn't be dumping it on tomorrows.

Aug. 14 2012 10:26 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Chris Chrisite is a pandering politician who is not unwilling to bully and put down a voter for effect. Or rob from the Treasury to give to the Rich. Just like Dubya and Mitt (if he were to be elected). Fortunately, that possibility is growing more remote every day.

My read of 'smaller government'-types usually means "make it easier to twist, subvert or steal" from the people. I'm for "just big enough" government.

What's your plan to vote on November 6?

Aug. 14 2012 10:12 AM
john from office

I thought Tony Soprano was off the air?? Hey paulie there a mully in the White House!!

Aug. 14 2012 10:11 AM

@Joe from nearby; the narrative is set the scripts have been passed out.

Aug. 14 2012 10:11 AM
Joe from nearby

Please explain why you've been buying into the GOP lie that claims Medicare & social security are "entitlements." An "entitlement" is something you get for free (like medicaid). Medicare & social security are not free- we PAY into them all our working lives. They are NOT "entitlements."

Some people find the GOP lie extremely upsetting: "Dramatic video: 71-year-old taken to the ground for questioning Paul Ryan" youtubeDOTcom/watch?v=GBhdXfCdaA8

Aug. 14 2012 09:58 AM

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