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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:58 AM

1. Dear Jon,

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Whatís more, raising the Medicare retirement age would help strengthen the fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act. Republicans may be coming to grips with their lack of leverage over the Bush tax cuts, but their jihad against universal health insurance lives on. Having narrowly lost their wildly tendentious legal argument for striking down health care, they are devising newer and even more implausible ones. Republican governors continue to turn down federal funding to cover their poorest uninsured citizens and refuse to set up private insurance exchanges.

The political basis for the rightís opposition to universal health insurance has always been that the uninsured are politically disorganized and weak. But a side effect of raising the Medicare retirement age would be that a large cohort of 65- and 66-year-olds would suddenly find themselves needing the Affordable Care Act to buy their health insurance. Which is to say, Republicans attacking the Affordable Care Act would no longer be attacking the usual band of very poor or desperate people they can afford to ignore but a significant chunk of middle-class voters who have grown accustomed to the assumption that they will be able to afford health care. Strengthening the political coalition for universal coverage seems like a helpful side benefit ó possibly even one conservatives come to regret, and liberals, to feel relief they accepted.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/12/go-ahead-raise-the-medicare-retirement-age.html

....fuck Republicans.

I mean, it's fairly idiotic to bargain based on what Republicans want. They have no fucking leverage.

The goal isn't to move Medicare recipients to the ACA, it's to strengthen health care reform to make it more in line with Medicare.

Krugman: Itís Health Care Costs, Stupid
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021922243

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