Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Moderate Republican Supports Medicare, Progressive Medicare

Olympia Snowe Likes Medicare

"Sen. Olympia Snowe, the most moderate Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, parted ways with her GOP colleagues over their calls for tighter Medicare eligibility and Medicaid block grants, according to aides.  Snowe was one of two GOP committee members who didn’t sign onto the Finance Committee Republican recommendations to the deficit supercommittee.  The other was Jon Kyl of Arizona, and his absence was less notable because he’s a member of the debt panel."

"It was Snowe’s concerns over the potential for block grants, stricter Medicare enrollment requirements and possibility for cuts to Social Security benefits -- and not the threat of repealing the reform law -- that precluded her from signing onto the committee’s proposals."

It's always nice to see someone break with the lockstep expectations of any political party.  It's not clear, however, if this was an act of conscience or simply an act of survival.  Either way, we appreciate her support -- such as it is.

Medicare Advocate Speaks Out

"Many of us wondered when it would happen, what it would take to ignite a national outcry against those that are destroying the American Dream for millions for their own selfish gain.  When would that magical tipping point occur when thousands, millions of those voiceless, 'ordinary' Americans would come together to take back our country?  That revolution has begun."

Advocate Pearl Korn of Improved Medicare For All successfully taps the frustration we all are feeling.  Hers is a rational and impassioned discussion, contrary to the increasingly shrill outcries we are hearing from all sides.  The pressure and volume is mounting already, for a Presidential election of potentially epic proportions.

The Republican Cozy-Up Zone

The Republican Reality-Free Zone


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