I wrote this in the comment section of a local newspaper which had a not-so-subtle attack on Social Security and Medicare.
I expect it will be voted down or deleted by the Romulans, so I will paste it here too.
George W. Bush’s two $2 trillion wars on the Chinese credit card and the annual $600-700 billion appropriated to the Pentagon’s “operating budget” which includes weapons systems they don’t even want is what is causing the deficit problems.
People who draw money from Social Security paid into Social Security.
People who are on Medicare paid FICA taxes.
Bush drew on Social Security’s surplus to fund the tax cuts for the 1% and spent Medicare’s surplus on the Medicare Part D program that was written by drug company lobbyists to make sure that Medicare has to pay full retail price for prescription drugs. (The Veteran’s Administration gets drugs for half the price that Medicare pays for them.)
Now we have the clown in the magic Mormon underwear and his sidekick that wants senior citizens to eat out of the dumpster who are promising to finish it off with their austerity programs.
The most horrific thing about that idiotic Paul Ryan plan to replace Medicare with a coupon so you can be gouged by health insurance profiteers with junk insurance plans that are worse than what a Walmart employee gets, is that the coupon is indexed for inflation, but healthcare costs typically rise at 2-3 times the rate of inflation.
Once you get out 4-5 years, the coupon will have long since lost any buying power it had when the system was implemented.
This is Sarah Palin style novice budgeting. Anyone who has a pen and a piece of paper can sit down and figure out how quickly that Paul Ryan’s Medicare-replacement coupon will be meaningless based purely on average inflation and average rise in cost of medical care.
For everyone else, the Romney/Ryan “Romneyhood” plan takes us back to the old system of “lose your job, lose your health insurance” and being kicked off when you get sick, and having them deny you for pre-existing conditions.
Under President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there are cost caps in place to help people who are currently victimized by the insurance cartels, as well as rebates if they don’t spend enough on your medical care, punishments for employers who don’t offer any healthcare, no pre-existing conditions, and free preventive care and cancer screening with no co-pays, to name a few.
The prescription drug prices for seniors on Medicare has already gone down thanks to the PPACA, and it will continue to do so as the “donut hole” is plugged at the expense of the drug companies (not the tax payers).
The Wikipedia article has the facts about the PPACA, without the spin of Fox Noise and the scaremongering of the far right.
The truth is that the PPACA is a clone of the Republican health care reform proposal with ideas that originally were proposed by the Richard Nixon administration, and ultimately turned into Romneycare in Massachusetts. (and there are good ideas in there)
The big difference is that Mitt Romney signed the Romneycare plan into law with taxpayer funded abortions even though he could have used his line-item veto to strike them. The PPACA “Obamacare” doesn’t cover abortions in any circumstances. Mitt Romney’s law in Massachusetts is far more liberal than “Obamacare”.
The truth about Romney is that he’ll say or do anything to get into office. He has a huge amount of disrespect for the electorate, and he feels like he is “owed” the presidency.
Anyone who understands basic math could sit down and tell you that the Romneyhood healthcare plan that is co-sponsored by Paul Ryan is going to be bad for everyone. If it does save any money, they want to give it to the Pentagon!
Can anyone tell me how we are going to get rid of the problems facing us when the neoconservative Republicans ARE often the root cause of the problem?
http://www.gottavote.org - GET REGISTERED TO VOTE.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act – The facts about “Obamacare”.
As millions of Americans continue to be thrown out of their homes, go hungry, and sleep on park benches, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives approves $72 million dollars for military propaganda at NASCAR events.
Oh well, you fish where you catch them, right? It will probably be inserted as a rider on some unrelated bill and Obama will end up signing it. He seems to be like Bush in at least this regard. Neither one of them ever met a spending bill they didn’t like.
So how is that Tea Party thing working out for us? I’m sure they can go get that $72 million from Social Security or Medicare or something without “technically” raising the federal deficit.
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