Necessary to Kill It to Save It
"There's a new "Medicare" proposal -- sorta. It's really the same old bait-and-switch we've seen a dozen times. Still, you gotta hand it to 'em: Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Richard Burr have taken the usual right-wing think-tank-designed buzzwords, deceptive packaging, and sleights of hand to new heights. These foundation-forged assaults on the middle class may be old, battered ideas that have been debunked a dozen times, but still they just won't die. Like the old Terminators, they keep coming back with the same mission: Must. Kill. Medicare." "Here are ten deceptions in the Coburn/Burr plan -- plus a bonus: your "Free-Market Death Panel" explained."
MUST READING. And, please, if you are a resident of Oklahoma or North Carolina, please write to ypur Senator and tell him you disapprove.
Trifecta: "Is it enough to turn Medicare into a privatized, voucher plan? No? What if you add on means testing? Still not enough? Then throw in raising the eligibility age, and you've got a new proposal to 'save' Medicare from Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC)."
This is arguably the worst idea since the Ryan plan. Seems like the Conservative Republicans can't get enough of abusing the elderly and disable who are beneficiaries of Medicare. Please, get a real issue. Why are you beating up on them? Pick on someone your own size.
Payroll "Tax Cut"
"Quick on the heels of the House, the Senate has passed legislation to extend a two percent payroll tax cut through the end of the year. The final vote was 60-36 with 30 Rs and 6 Ds bucking their leaders to oppose the package. It now goes off to a jubilant White House for President Obama’s signature. The legislation, which also extends emergency unemployment benefits and Medicare reimbursement rates until January 1, 2013."
See related item below from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
The Social Security Piggy Bank
From NCPSSM: "First off, Congress has predictably chosen politics over policy and extended the payroll tax cut. It’s no secret … there is no such thing as a temporary tax cut in Washington. Once the diversion of Social Security payroll taxes was renamed a ‘middle class tax cut’, election year politics for both parties killed any hope of reversing this flawed stimulus approach. America’s seniors, disabled, survivors, and their families are fearful, and rightfully so, of Washington using their Social Security contributions as the nation’s piggy bank, and they will demand that Congress let this latest extension expire at the end of the year."
Supreme Court and the Health Law
From Kaiser Health News:
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