A quote from the column:
There’s the rub. Health care is anything but a “private product.” The system is replete with cross-subsidies from hospitals, taxpayers and the already insured. There is no law requiring a car dealer to give you a new Lexus if you just walk onto the lot that compares to the statute requiring hospitals to treat you if you show up. We consider health care a largely public good, but we don’t pay for it that way. That’s foolish.
Read the whole column HERE.
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- Romney Hides Behind Federalism (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
…and that is taking Medicare private to insurance companies, or letting private corporations voucher it. We’ve seen how overpriced and poorly administered (from a Senior’s point of view) “Medicare Advantage” has turned out, why in hell would we put all of Medicare under the same Corporate boot?
But that’s just what the Republicans want to do… They say, of course, that those of us over 55 will have no changes in our Medicare plans. They forgot to add “yet.”
As Paul Krugmann put it:
What will happen to those Seniors who are exclusively dependent on Social Security when they can’t afford to purchase vouchers and are cut out of medical care. This is what the newly proposed Republican budget plan leaves us with.
As for Barack Obama, we are not sure if he will stand up to this concept or will cave in as he has so many times recently. There needs to be a spine in the Presidency, but we are passing more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy and, if we follow the Republican budget plan, we will increase the costs on the “middle class“… the class they want to eliminate.
E.J. Dionne, commenting on Obama’s response to this attack on Medicare, said this:
This will be Obama’s defining moment. Will he stand up for the principle that society takes care of those in need? Or will he cave in? I wish I had confidence in the answer.
Tom Harkin, who I am watching on the Senate floor right now, is pointing out that this is not a way of preserving Medicare, but is really a way of destroying the middle class standard of living and any safety net which we rely on for our ordinary way of life.
“The Republican assault on the middle class is breathtaking,” says Senator Harkin.
- Privatizing Medicare (krugman.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Ryan plan a good deal? Depends on age (msnbc.msn.com)
- Republican to call for sweeping US Medicare changes (reuters.com)
- Eliminating Medicare: How to make the traditional media get this one right (alternet.org)
- Even Republican voters don’t support GOP plan to eliminate Medicare (dailykos.com)
- GOP Budget point man unveils major budget cuts (sfgate.com)
- House GOP targets Medicare, Medicaid (cnn.com)
- Ethan Rome: New Republican Assault on Middle Class: Slash Medicaid, Hurt Seniors and Millions in Need (huffingtonpost.com)
As long as I’m discussing the Guns and Butter issue as it effects the folks in our Middle Class and the Government that seems to be screwing them, I thought I’d drop this quote, made about a week ago, by E. J. Dionne:
“Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid?”
Well, can it?
“I’m a chronic optimist about America. But we are letting stupid politics, irrational ideas on fiscal policy and an antiquated political structure undermine our power.
We need a new conservatism in our country that is worthy of the name. We need liberals willing to speak out on the threat our daft politics poses to our influence in the world. We need moderates who do more than stick their fingers in the wind to calculate the halfway point between two political poles.
And, yes, we need to reform a Senate that has become an embarrassment to our democratic claims. “
– E J Dionne in an essay entitled “In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game.”
You can read the whole thing HERE.