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This week, an off-year special election in Buffalo and a purely symbolic vote in the Senate might tell Republicans all they need to know about the mercurial politics of Medicare reform. First up is New York’s 26th District in a special election Tuesday. If Democrat Kathy Hochul wins — she is leading by 4 to 6 points in the latest polls — it not only would be a setback for House Republicans but would send a message to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his key lieutenants that their Medicare overhaul plan could become a serious political liability.
And on the Senate floor later this week, Democrats are planning to force a vote on the 2012 budget proposal offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats want to put Senate Republicans on the record voting for — or against — the Ryan proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program for seniors. Already, a few moderate Republicans — the latest being Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have bailed on it or look ready to jump.
For Democrats, these crystallizing moments would affirm that their Medicare-centric attacks are working — and that they’re on the popular side of a major policy issue, maybe for the first time since the rise of the tea party movement two years ago. For moderate and vulnerable Republicans, these events have the potential to create a lot of hand-wringing and second-guessing for a party that’s been on a roll.
Originally posted by inforeal
Finally, hopefully, maybe the American people see through the anti-human Republican Party, as they destroy themselves with this kill Medicare lunacy. These maniacs, thanks to the fanatic Paul Ryan, are going down if the American people keep their resolve and do throw them ALL out of office!
The special congressional race in New York, a heavy Republican district, has just been won by a democrat! I hope this is something that will happen all over the country.
Originally posted by whaaa
My elderly, Baptist, rightwing conservative mother just used words I've never heard her use in describing the new Republican party that has emerged.
Originally posted by TheOneElectric
watch as conservatism (doesn't matter which party or place on earth) once again falls to the constant evolutionary progress of mankind.
Do not expect this budget of Paul Ryan’s to pass because I doubt the Republicans have the votes to squeak it through, even in the House.
That's true. If a politician decides to alter the entitlements of the elderly in this nation, then they can kiss their positions goodbye.
You see, the thing is, our culture has changed. Families don't house the elderly anymore, and the style of work (the 9 - 5s) for decades ruins their bodies and health. They don't have anything to care for them except the little savings they have, medicare, and social security.
There are places in the budget that should be re-appropriated, but attempting to harm the elderly is just wrong.
Who ended 'Medicare as we know it'?
By BETSY MCCAUGHEY May 24, 2011
In today's special election for the 26th district US House seat in western New York, Democrats are trying out a tactic they're sure to use nationwide in 2012 -- the obscenely false claim that they will save "Medicare as we know it" from Republican efforts to reform it.
The truth is, the Obama health law, passed by Democrats last year, already eviscerated Medicare -- though seniors won't feel the effects for some time. And the reform plan Democrats are attacking -- Rep. Paul Ryan's entitlement-reform vision -- would undo much of the damage, while charting a new course to ensure Medicare doesn't run out of money.
"Medicare as we know it" can't survive ObamaCare's cuts of $575 billion from the program's funding over the next decade. Just as outrageous is that the Obama law stole $410 billion of those "savings" to expand eligibility for Medicaid.
It's like robbing Peter to pay Paul -- but it's robbing Grandma to create a whole new class of government dependants.
The nation needs to spend less on government, and entitlement reform is key. Instead, the ObamaCare law starts new entitlements -- with its vast expansion of Medicaid and a new insurance program for the middle class -- then imposes sacrifices on seniors to (partly) pay for these new obligations.
The administration's own actuaries say Medicare will spend $14,731 per senior in 2019, instead of $16,162 if the health law hadn't passed. That's less care for seniors. Richard Foster, the chief actuary for Medicare, testified to Congress that the Obama law makes such severe cuts that some hospitals may stop taking Medicare.
Such cuts might be justifiable if the "savings" extended Medicare's financial life, as President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius often claim. In fact, the Obama law just pays less to those who treat Medicare patients, then uses the cash for something else entirely. Raiding Medicare leaves less money to care for future retirees.
So what can that next generation, retiring a decade from now, count on? The Obama law puts those decision in the hands of an unelected board called the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB -- a cost-cutting panel.
The board is a radical departure from Medicare as we've known it. On the pretext that budgeting decisions should be shielded from outraged seniors and political pressures, the Democratic Congress handed nearly all control of Medicare spending to IPAB. In April, the president reiterated that the board would decide what care is "unnecessary" for seniors, and added that he wants its unprecedented powers increased.
Last week, Obama indicated that he'd like to reduce the deficit by taking another $200 billion from Medicare over the next decade. That would be IPAB's job, too.
Yet IPAB is drawing fire from many who pushed hard for the ObamaCare law -- including the AARP and Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.).
Ryan's reform, passed by House Republicans early this year, would repeal the ObamaCare law in full, thereby restoring the $575 stolen from Medicare and ending IPAB. But, to keep the program sustainable in the decades ahead, the Ryan plan would (starting in 2022) give each new Medicare enrollee a choice of private health plans and pay a premium to the policy chosen. He argues that seniors would be safer choosing their own health plan rather than putting their care in the hands of the cost-cutting IPAB panel.
Let's hope voters examine the plain facts -- because one thing is clear: Obama and the Democratic Party are not saving Medicare "as we know it."
Visit the New York Post to read more.
Originally posted by inforeal
reply to post by origamiandurbanism
I keep saying to you people it’s not a question of loving democrats, its a question of the issues.
And when a whole party wants to practically threaten the very livelihood of millions of our vulnerable Americans, than the lesser of two evils must be invoked massively.
There is so many other more human ways to balances the budget, Clinton did it without destroying Medicare, it could be done again by raising taxes on the rich and cutting the defense budget.