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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-03 10:01 AM
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22. This is a travesty, I agree
My own Democratic senator from Oregon voted for it too and he almost never comes down on the wrong side of a vote. But I'll tell you what's happening in Oregon where we also have Medicaid waivers like Vermont has. But because of the way they distribute Medicaid, states like Oregon and California don't get as much reimbursement per person. The program is running such deficits that they cut a special medically needy prescription drug program and those people are literally dieing. The Medicare bill would take seniors out of Medicaid and free up that money to pay for the rest of the states' low-income citizens. Seniors are a very large portion of Medicaid costs. If they're in Medicare 100%, where I honestly think they belong, the states will be able to provide alot better Medicaid to the rest of the people. And while what this Medicare bill is doing to these low-income seniors is wrong, we generally fix their problems first. So I see the reason some Senators voted for this.

And Vermont is running massive deficits in their Health Plan too. That's another reason I've worried about Dean as a candidate. The tax ratio in Vermont went up in order to pay for a health plan that continues to run deficits. Not very appealing.

And as for forcing seniors into HMO's, Dean is a big fan of HMO's. I posted an interview yesterday that he gave just a couple of years ago, even after HMO's pulled out of the Vermont Health Plan and Vermont had to redo it as a result. He's still a fan of HMO's, he said; which is exactly what this Medicare bill offers.

I'm seriously considering backing Kucinich. This country is in such a mess.
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  - pre-emptive self-defense  pruner   Nov-24-03 09:11 PM   #1 
  - Well, yes.  Demobrat   Nov-24-03 09:28 PM   #8 
  - Isn't that the LEAST he could do after stepping on Dennis for a year now?  blm   Nov-24-03 09:13 PM   #2 
  - yes...but i still think i didn't think he would do it  OhioStateProgressive   Nov-24-03 09:16 PM   #4 
     - YOu're too kind!  zidzi   Nov-24-03 09:18 PM   #6 
  - That's really good to know cause I'm  zidzi   Nov-24-03 09:15 PM   #3 
  - hehehe  OhioStateProgressive   Nov-24-03 09:18 PM   #5 
  - I'm a vegan Dean supporter.  NNadir   Nov-24-03 09:49 PM   #10 
     - Me, too!  zidzi   Nov-24-03 10:48 PM   #13 
        - I'm a former lacto ovo vegitarian  mzmolly   Nov-25-03 09:32 AM   #18 
  - COOL!  w13rd0   Nov-24-03 09:19 PM   #7 
  - I am watching them now  MuseRider   Nov-24-03 09:44 PM   #9 
  - He's back in my top 5 because of tonight  no name no slogan   Nov-24-03 11:38 PM   #14 
  - I guess Dean musta read my posts here at DU.....  familydoctor   Nov-24-03 09:56 PM   #11 
  - I thought that  MuseRider   Nov-24-03 10:01 PM   #12 
  - Needs to court more voters  sandnsea   Nov-24-03 11:54 PM   #15 
  - Dean is great at bashing Demoicrats, he has alot of experience with it  blm   Nov-25-03 09:21 AM   #17 
     - The "more extreme" environmentalists had a "major problem" with Dean  SpikeTrees   Nov-25-03 09:42 AM   #20 
     - Not just the extreme enviros.  blm   Nov-25-03 12:33 PM   #31 
        - Thanks, I shall study it eom  SpikeTrees   Nov-25-03 12:36 PM   #32 
     - Like when losing the Medicare bill - with Kerry's supporter Feinstein  helleborient   Nov-25-03 09:48 AM   #21 
        - This is a travesty, I agree  sandnsea   Nov-25-03 10:01 AM   #22 
        - Umm  HawkeyeX   Nov-25-03 10:08 AM   #24 
           - The Health Plan runs deficits  sandnsea   Nov-25-03 10:34 AM   #25 
           - Dean left in Jan. 03.  blm   Nov-25-03 12:23 PM   #27 
        - then you must be furious with Dean supporter Jeffords?  blm   Nov-25-03 12:21 PM   #26 
           - you keep a list? Am I on the naughty list?  helleborient   Nov-25-03 12:40 PM   #33 
              - The point was a political tactic to smear by association.  blm   Nov-25-03 01:06 PM   #34 
                 - I'll be happy you'll be eager to never smear Dean by association...  helleborient   Nov-25-03 04:31 PM   #39 
  - I'm Glad He Changed His Commericial  DrFunkenstein   Nov-25-03 12:41 AM   #16 
  - LOL!  democratreformed   Nov-25-03 12:29 PM   #29 
  - I disagree- Not commendable, just a worthless political olive branch  Tinoire   Nov-25-03 09:35 AM   #19 
  - And double that.  blm   Nov-25-03 12:24 PM   #28 
  - "Dean stole all of the antiwar votes"  RetroLounge   Nov-25-03 12:33 PM   #30 
  - It's actually because of what he says and does  Tinoire   Nov-25-03 04:16 PM   #36 
     - Look , for or against is your choice.  RetroLounge   Nov-25-03 05:26 PM   #40 
  - While I do agree  MuseRider   Nov-25-03 01:16 PM   #35 
  - A Life-long Progressive Vs. A Campaign-Long Progressive  DrFunkenstein   Nov-25-03 04:22 PM   #37 
     - Governing a state vs. being president...  helleborient   Nov-25-03 04:30 PM   #38 
  - I commend you on your observation and...  Duder   Nov-25-03 10:05 AM   #23 

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