Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mediscare from Republicans, Ryan Anti-Middle Class, Support Affordable Care, Medicare - For All

The Ryan Budget

" ... House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan's budget for the coming fiscal year would have a devastating impact on the poor, elderly and disabled.  By turning Medicare into a private voucher system and Medicaid into a block grant program, along with cuts to food stamps, it paints a frightening picture of what would happen if Republicans sweep the next election.  Ryan's plan enjoys enough support to pass in the House.  In the Senate, which Republicans are likely to take over because Democrats have so many more seats up for re-election, it would only need a simple majority since budget bills can avoid being filibustered."

Scary stuff.

Ryan vs. Middle Class

"'Class warfare may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics.'  That's what House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) told Fox News Sunday last September.  I would argue it makes for both rotten politics and rotten economics.  And there is no greater example of that than Chairman Ryan's own budget.  That's right ... the Ryan budget ... the one that ends Medicare but continues tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires ... is back.  It's like a bad horror movie.  So what is different this time around?  The answer is not much."

Seniors and Affordable Care

From NCPSSM:  "The Supreme Court is wrapping up three days of hearings on the Affordable Care Act today.  Seniors with the National Committee’s 'Rally Corps' joined other activists on the steps of the Court urging Justices to uphold the health care reform law.  'The truth is the more seniors get the facts about healthcare reform the more they support it.  But unfortunately all the partisan bickering surrounding the law’s passage and continuing even now, two years later, has left too many Medicare beneficiaries unaware or misinformed about all the new benefits now available to them thanks to the ACA.'"

Universal Medicare

"In fact, there's a very easy way to achieve universal coverage, and that's just by deleting two words from the Medicare law, "over 65", because Medicare is a system that provides universal coverage to everybody over the age of 65, as well as people with disabilities.  And it does so in a much less expensive way than health care.  The administrative costs for Medicare are about 2 percent.  They've been that way for decades.  And the cost of insurance overhead and their administrative fees is about 16 percent."

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