Monday, March 5, 2012

Health Reform, The Two Faces of GOP, Romney Woes, Women For Medicare

 About Health Reform

From NCPSSM:  "Confused by what health care reform really means for seniors?  Join the crowd.  Take a few minutes and let this video help break it all down for you …"

"The Patients Aware campaign, created by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, the Herndon Alliance, and the National Physicians Alliance, has released a new video to help America’s seniors understand the new Medicare benefits available to them thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  The video, 'Did You Know?', highlights new preventive benefits for seniors, Part D coverage improvements like closing the donut hole, and describes how savings have already reduced Part B premiums for seniors."

To Reform or Not to Reform: The IPAB

"There's a simple answer that explains most of what happens on Capitol Hill: political posturing.  The GOP incoherence on Medicare reform was perfectly captured by Mitt Romney recently when he said President Obama's budget wouldn't 'take any meaningful steps toward solving our entitlement crisis' and in the same breath criticized the president for being 'the only president in modern history to cut Medicare benefits for seniors.'  Protecting Medicare now and in the future is a vote-moving issue for the older demographics, and posing as a staunch defender of Medicare yields electoral benefits.  It's been a winning issue for both Republicans and Democrats for years."

" . . .  These are reasons to reform IPAB, not repeal it outright.  Politics aside, a successful IPAB would put the U.S. on a healthier fiscal path and help politicians make difficult choices on the life-and-death decisions that loom over Medicare reform.  It's imperfect, sure, but it's workable, and it's an improvement on the status quo.  The real worry is not that IPAB will cut Medicare payments and benefits, but that it won't. "

Romney Injures Himself

"As a native son -- Romney was born and raised there -- he was initially expected to win in a walk.  Instead he barely survived a late challenge by Rick Santorum.  And the victory may prove costly in other terms.  Desperate to become the Republican nominee, he’s moved ever further to the right, matching Santorum in hardline pronouncements on health care, abortion, medicare and religion.  This at a time when most polls show Americans are more worried about jobs, the cost of oil and simply getting by."

Women's Medicare Rights

"More than 50 women's rights organizations will be using March 1, the first day of women's history month, to announce a voter-major mobilization effort for the 2012 elections.  The coalition is called HERVotes, with the HER standing for Health and Economic Rights. Goals include standing up for Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, livable wages and families' economic security."

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