Monday, September 26, 2011

Poll Says No Cuts, Before Medicare, Survey: Few Trust Joint Committee

Polls Continue to Support Medicare

From the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare: Yet another poll has come out in favor of Medicare and Social Security.  "New national polling conducted by a Democratic/GOP research partnership shows Republicans, Democrats and Independents outside official Washington share unprecedented unity in their views on deficit reduction.  By huge margins, Americans across all ages do not support cutting Social Security and Medicare to reduce the deficit.  Even in this polarized political climate, no other single issue garners such broad unanimity across all party lines."

Among the poll highlights:
     >>  "Opposition to cutting Social Security & Medicare is strong across party lines with 82% of Democrats, 73% of Independents and 58% of Republicans against cuts to reduce the deficit"
     >>  "A wide margin of all Americans, 94% of Democrats, 82% of Independents and 64% of Republicans, would prefer to raise taxes on the wealthy than cut Social Security and Medicare"

More from NCPSSM.

Ever since the Ryan budget plan to repeal Medicare was introduced, polls have been consistent and agree in their overall findings.  Medicare and Social Security are our most cherished pre-paid public benefits, and Americans of all political views strongly support them.  Thus, one wonders how the Conservative Republicans, their leaders, and their Presidential candidates can continue to ignore the American people.  Do they do so at their own political peril?  So far, the most ideologically Conservative don't seem concerned.

Ron Paul and the Good Old Days

"Listening to Ron Paul talk about the good old days before Medicare, you would think seniors were well cared for by churches, charities and kind doctors like him.  Sure, he just finished commenting that people with health insurance should suffer the consequences.  But, to soften what could have been seen as a cold-hearted statement, he said that people got care in the good old days -- from churches.  His memory is as bad as his judgment -- and a doctor without good judgment is dangerous."

Interesting commentary from Bob Crittenden, M.D. who is currently the Executive Director of the Herndon Alliance, a national coalition of over 200 organizations focused on communications and coordination with a goal of achieving affordable quality care for all people in America.

Near the conclusion of his piece, he says, "America shines when we work to solve problems together.  As Paul Begala recently wrote, the founding fathers talked about E Pluribus Unum -- from many one -- not Canis Canem Edit -- dog eat dog."

Survey Says ...

"Americans have little faith the bipartisan congressional 'super committee' will reduce the federal deficit, according to a survey released Friday.  Sixty-two percent of respondents said they either trust the super committee 'just a little' or 'not at all' to make the right recommendations to cut the deficit, according to the poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KHN is an editorially-independent program of the foundation)."  MORE from Kaiser Health Network.

It's easy to understand that Americans have little faith in the Joint Committee.  They've been given an impossible task -- find agreement among the disagreeable who cannot even agree to disagree in an effort to make progress.  Some don't want progress; they want regress -- a return to "better times" (ask Ron Paul) which were, in fact, better for almost no one.

The Republican Chutzpa Zone


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