Showing posts with label GOP and Medicare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GOP and Medicare. Show all posts

Dec 1, 2012

Party of No Says No to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

The GOP project of purposefully running up the national debt, then decrying the debt as forcing the phase-out of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is proceeding apace.

Aug 28, 2012

Paul Ryan, GOP Now Say They Love Medicare

Remember, the Tea Partiers aren't too bright
If Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan and the GOP get their extremist war plans enacted to destroy Medicare, the popular social insurance program will end, as Gingrich promised would happen in 1995:

Now, we don't get rid of it in round one because we don't think that that's politically smart, and we don't think that's the right way to go through a transition. But we believe it's going to wither on the vine because we think people are voluntarily going to leave it -- voluntarily. (NYT)
Destroying Medicare would be political suicide for the Republican Party.

So, the new GOP line is to lie.

And the new GOP line on Medicare is in effect: Destroy Medicare, while pretending to save Medicare.

Writes Eugene Robinson:

[I]t was Democrats who conceived of Medicare, passed it into law and kept it viable all these years. It was Republicans who denounced the program as 'socialized medicine' — and who now want to replace Medicare’s guarantee with a system of vouchers.
Republicans may tell themselves that the GOP is the party of Medicare. But I doubt seniors will be convinced.
I doubt it too.

The 2012 Democratic Party convention will feature the credible message of protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security from the GOP-Tea Party.

And the GOP-Tea Party tries to convince America they just want to save these popular social insurance programs by their new-found love for them. Newt Gingrich says so, Mitt Romney says so and so does Paul Ryan, the whole bunch of GOP-Tea Partiers:

"The first step is to move the two programs away from their current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model."

As Paul Krugman notes: "That means that instead of Medicare as we know it, which pays your medical bills, you’d get a lump sum which you can apply to private insurance — they’ll yell when we call it a voucher, but that’s what it is."

Let's hope the GOP keeps talking.

Mar 25, 2012

Paul Ryan, Romney and GOP: Phase out Social Security and Medicare

Money for GOP, not for thee

The 14 scariest words in American politics: 'We're from the Republican Party, and we're here to save Social Security and Medicare."

"If you think Paul Ryan and his Ayn Rand-worshipping colleagues aren't after your Social Security and Medicare, I am here to disabuse you of your naiveté. They will move heaven and earth to force through tax cuts that will so starve the government of revenue that they will be 'forced' to make 'hard choices' - and that doesn't mean repealing those very same tax cuts, it means cutting the benefits for which you worked."
- Mike Lofgren, who retired on June 17 after 28 years as a Republican Congressional staffer (TruthOut, Saturday September 3, 2012)

Lofgren is brilliant, but seeing what Ryan, Romney and the GOP are up to is like wondering if we were going to war with Iraq in January 2003—the decisions were made, and ideology and propaganda led the way to disaster.

The GOP has always hated the Medicare and Social Security, and now they want the presidency to save it, not to bury the social insurance program though their asserted reason—debt is the achieved objective of the Bush-Cheney administration and unregulated Wall Street speculators.

"Romney insisted on Wisconsin radio [last[ Friday that Ryan's plan does not balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the elderly ... It instead preserves Medicare and preserves Social Security." (The Paul Ryan Watch)

Reviews are not kind to these unpopular GOP positions, as noted by Xoff:

A Christian Science Monitor column by Howard Gleckman calls it Ryan's "mystery meat budget" saying he "airily promises both trillions of dollars in tax cuts and a nearly balanced budget within a decade, but never says how he’d get there."

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones says:
Paul Ryan has released the latest Republican budget, and it's a blizzard of numbers, gimmicks, weird comparisons, and obfuscation. It's no more serious than any of Ryan's other budget proposals, no matter how many PowerPoint slides he includes... 
Dana Milbank, in the Washington Post, says Ryan's idea is to help the poor by hurting them:
Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee, is on record as saying, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” And Ryan has just written a budget that supports Romney’s boast.
In an editorial, the Post calls Ryan's plan "dangerous and intentionally vague."

The Post also says Democrats want to know how much taxpayer money was spent to produce those slick videos with Ryan to try to sell his budget.  So far, no one's saying.

Jun 13, 2011

Krugman Eviscerates Kill-Medicare Pols, Ryan and Lieberman

So desperate are Republicans to kill Medicare, they have threatened to crash the economy if Obama doesn't let them gut the popular program.

Now Joe Lieberman has chimed in.

Paul Krugman shines some needed light on the kill-Medicare debate.

Below is an excerpt with a link to the Medicare discussion at The Democratic Strategist.

Writes Krugman:

Every once in a while a politician comes up with an idea that's so bad, so wrongheaded, that you're almost grateful. For really bad ideas can help illustrate the extent to which policy discourse has gone off the rails.

And so it was with Senator Joseph Lieberman's proposal, released last week, to raise the age for Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67.

Like Republicans who want to end Medicare as we know it and replace it with (grossly inadequate) insurance vouchers, Mr. Lieberman describes his proposal as a way to save Medicare. It wouldn't actually do that. But more to the point, our goal shouldn't be to "save Medicare," whatever that means. It should be to ensure that Americans get the health care they need, at a cost the nation can afford.

... Medicare actually saves money -- a lot of money -- compared with relying on private insurance companies. And this in turn means that pushing people out of Medicare, in addition to depriving many Americans of needed care, would almost surely end up increasing total health care costs.

The idea of Medicare as a money-saving program may seem hard to grasp. After all, hasn't Medicare spending risen dramatically over time? Yes, it has: adjusting for overall inflation, Medicare spending per beneficiary rose more than 400 percent from 1969 to 2009.

But inflation-adjusted premiums on private health insurance rose more than 700 percent over the same period. So while it's true that Medicare has done an inadequate job of controlling costs, the private sector has done much worse. And if we deny Medicare to 65- and 66-year-olds, we'll be forcing them to get private insurance -- if they can -- that will cost much more than it would have cost to provide the same coverage through Medicare.

Jun 8, 2011

GOP CouponCare Tanking; Ryan and GOP Delusional

"Amazingly, despite the strongly negative reaction so far to the Ryan budget's plan to end Medicare as we know it, conservatives are continuing to back it, arguing that all they need is better messaging about the plan. This is clearly delusional. No message is going to change the simple fact that the public doesn't like the plan and wishes it would go away ... ."
- Ruy Teixeira, quoted in The Democratic Strategist