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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:17 AM

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley: ‘We Should Be Lowering’ The Medicare ‘Age, Not Raising It’

Now THAT'S a response:

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“We should be lowering the age, not raising it,” Merkley said. Speaking of the president, Merkley added: “I hope he hears long and loud from us who are connected to the real lives of working people.”

Read more: http://boldprogressives.org/democratic-senator-jeff-merkley-we-should-be-lowering-the-medicare-age-not-raising-it/

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Reply Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley: ‘We Should Be Lowering’ The Medicare ‘Age, Not Raising It’ (Original post)
Report1212 Dec 2012 OP
LWolf Dec 2012 #1
classof56 Dec 2012 #48
xchrom Dec 2012 #2
Bjorn Against Dec 2012 #3
Scuba Dec 2012 #6
gkhouston Dec 2012 #9
Overseas Dec 2012 #12
Lugnut Dec 2012 #19
Sarah Ibarruri Dec 2012 #21
TahitiNut Dec 2012 #26
NealK Dec 2012 #47
Poll_Blind Dec 2012 #4
neverforget Dec 2012 #45
philly_bob Dec 2012 #5
4_TN_TITANS Dec 2012 #7
Scuba Dec 2012 #8
Comrade_McKenzie Dec 2012 #10
WillyT Dec 2012 #11
antigop Dec 2012 #13
Bluenorthwest Dec 2012 #14
Arugula Latte Dec 2012 #39
TheKentuckian Dec 2012 #15
DallasNE Dec 2012 #16
Coyotl Dec 2012 #17
jsr Dec 2012 #18
byeya Dec 2012 #20
Bette Noir Dec 2012 #22
Report1212 Dec 2012 #51
mountain grammy Dec 2012 #23
Historic NY Dec 2012 #24
SunSeeker Dec 2012 #25
Cleita Dec 2012 #27
locks Dec 2012 #28
DaveJ Dec 2012 #37
femrap Dec 2012 #43
docgee Dec 2012 #29
Turbineguy Dec 2012 #30
CrispyQ Dec 2012 #31
limpyhobbler Dec 2012 #32
blkmusclmachine Dec 2012 #33
EC Dec 2012 #34
closeupready Dec 2012 #35
davidpdx Dec 2012 #36
L0oniX Dec 2012 #38
truedelphi Dec 2012 #56
Permanut Dec 2012 #40
nineteen50 Dec 2012 #41
femrap Dec 2012 #42
upi402 Dec 2012 #44
99th_Monkey Dec 2012 #46
xxxsdesdexxx Dec 2012 #49
xxxsdesdexxx Dec 2012 #50
defacto7 Dec 2012 #52
andym Dec 2012 #53
xxqqqzme Dec 2012 #54
dkf Dec 2012 #55

Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:20 AM

1. I hope he hears, too.



for my senator.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:42 PM

48. And I double your thumbs-up for our senator!

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:21 AM

2. du rec. nt

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:25 AM

3. Lower the age to zero, make Medicare available to all

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:03 AM

6. +1,000

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:05 AM

9. +1. Make it the biggest group insurance pool. n/t

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Response to gkhouston (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:31 AM

12. +1

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:03 AM

19. + infinity! n/t

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:14 AM

21. +1000

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:52 AM

26. Bingo!


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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:29 PM

47. Great idea!

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:29 AM

4. lib·er·al (adjective) - See Oregon Democrats



PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:11 PM

45. Except for my now Representative Kurt Schrader (fucking Blue Dog POS)

I went from Earl Blumenauer D-AWESOME! to this wanna be

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:57 AM

5. Lower Medicare age means more people start small businesses...

...instead of staying on the job for the benefits.

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Response to philly_bob (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:03 AM

7. Well said...

People at the height of their experience and skills, with the ability to strike out on their own. What's not to like?

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:03 AM

8. Love me some Democratic spine!!!!!

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:06 AM

10. I love Jeff Merkley. nt

 

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:20 AM

11. HUGE K & R !!!

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:32 AM

13. k&r nt

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:41 AM

14. Merkley is the greatest. I worked hard to get him elected and I'm so glad that I did.

I join him in hoping the President is listening to those who are not Beltway Citizens and Republican stooges.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:52 PM

39. So glad he is my Senator.

He's consistently good -- one of the very few politicians who hasn't proven to be a disappointment in some way.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:44 AM

15. That is fuckin A right

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:44 AM

16. This Is In Line With What I Have Been Posting

I have been saying to tie Medicare to Social Security, which allows for early retirement but with a reduced benefit and that would apply to Parts A, B and D. It may take a half percent increase in the payroll tax to pay for this because B and D are outside the Medicare financing arrangement today.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:53 AM

17. YES! That's my Senator

and my ex's good friend.

I'm in favor of 62, same as Social Security.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:55 AM

18. “I hope he hears long and loud from us who are connected to the real lives of working people.”

Amen to that.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:04 AM

20. Wonderful! The correct answer. In my opinion, the only answer.

 

Get profit out of the delivery of health care. Pay nurses what they are worth too.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:24 AM

22. Is it wrong to have a crush on Senator Jeff?

He looks like such a dweeb on TV, you have no idea how cute he is in person.

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #22)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:54 PM

51. Nope!

This is the only proper response to the question, "Should we raise the Medicare age?"

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:25 AM

23. Yes, yes, yes.. Medicare for all. will send this to both my Democratic Senators!

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:42 AM

24. A lot of folks hanging on with medical conditions until Medicare kicks in...

medicare improves the quality of life for some and thats important.



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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:45 AM

25. K&R

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:11 AM

27. Yes, we should. We should be lowering it to zero. eom

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:12 AM

28. young and disabled

I was a social worker for many years; it was heartbreaking that working people who became disabled by a serious disease or injury and couldn't work could not get Medicare for two years. This was especially hard during the years when HIVAIDS patients died before Medicare kicked in. Many of these people under 65 had worked hard and had too much money for Medicaid but not enough to pay the huge hospital, doctor and home health costs. The "reason" behind that sad rule was that the government needed two years to "prove" that the disability was real. If, after bankrupting their families, they qualified for Medicaid, when they received disability payments and Medicare kicked in it did not cover all the meds or services they had received under Medicaid. All of this depended on whether they could find an MD who would take the ridiculously low payments.
The people we elect will never be connected to the rest of us as long as they receive the very best medical care and pay nothing for it.

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Response to locks (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:47 PM

37. What a nightmare

2 years to prove a disability is ridiculous. It's the weakest among us who are treated the worst. I can't believe Republicans get so much of the Christian vote. What hypocrites.

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Response to locks (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:52 PM

43. The reason

 

I purchased a gun is so I don't have to go through this disgustingly torturous system.

I won't do it. I want to have my freedom to make choices for MY life.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:29 AM

29. This should be a no brainer...

Lower it to 55, have those 55-65 working people pay into it with rates relative* to paying private insurance, and Medicare would be much more viable.

*relative meaning less than private insurance of course, but I don't know what that would be exactly.

hell, it could even be voluntary.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:37 PM

30. But if we raise the Medicare age

the gap will be paid for by magic money!

You Democrats don't know shit about republican economics!

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:32 PM

31. I mentioned him by name in my letters to my Senators.

Senator Merkley,

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:59 PM

32. k&r nt

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:16 PM

33. Raise it, to drown it.

Forward, Austerity!

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Operation Northwoods: The 9/11 You Never Knew

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:50 PM

34. Having younger people in the pool

would lower the cost - should save money in long-run. Even better OPEN IT FOR ALL.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:54 PM

35. Completely agree. Entrepreneurial boom would follow.

K&R

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:32 PM

36. Merkley is a gem

And he is one of my two senators.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:50 PM

38. Lowering the age will lower costs by reducing late stage illnesses.

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #38)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:09 PM

56. +10,000 n/t

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:01 PM

40. Wow, lots of Oregonians in this thread..

Proud to say he's my Senator too.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:07 PM

41. The real death panel

raising the Medicare age requirement.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:49 PM

42. Thank you....

 

then the old folks could retire and let the younger people have jobs.

I'm so tired of my HEALTH being dependent upon mostly a bunch of rich, white dudes who couldn't care less about me. All these dudes are in the pockets of Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Med...which just wants to take my last f*cking cent then send me to some horrid nursing home or hospice where they still won't kill me. It's all just a system of TORTURE.

We give our pets more respect when they reach old age.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:57 PM

44. They better listen

Or go away.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:24 PM

46. YES. That's MY Senator. A real D. Go Jeff!!! nt

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:06 PM

49. I agree.

Call it what you want it can be Medicare for all, Single Payer, or Government funded health insurance. I don't care. With everyone in Washington obsessed with the deficit, I see no better way to immediately reduce it than by insuring every single person in the United States with a single payer, government run, health insurance system. We would eliminate the "for profit" middle men known as the health insurance industry, and we would replace it with a "not for profit" government run health care system. We would have the power to reduce health care costs by negotiating for lower prices on all health care related expenses -- health care, prescription drugs, medical equipment & devices, etc. -- due to our sheer numbers. We should also include dental insurance as part of this single payer, medicare for all, program. We should contact our members of congress and the president -- repeatedly -- until they understand that this is our path forward -- this is our destiny. It's not a matter of us getting there, it's a matter of when we get there.

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Response to xxxsdesdexxx (Reply #49)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:18 PM

50. Just sent this message to my members of congress and to the white house

They need to hear it from all of us.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:54 AM

52. K&R !

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:10 AM

53. We almost did (to 55)-- if it weren't for Joe Lieberman

who prevented it in early 2010, after having previously supported the idea when running for office.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:12 AM

54. Yes, yes, yes.

Then have no age limit because Medicare will be single payer!

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:21 AM

55. Health insurance is generally so heavily subsidized by employers people don't see the true cost.

 

Open up Medicare and have everyone pay full boat and it will be expensive.

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