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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 12:04 AM
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Howard Dean: "Stop Them."
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Edited on Mon Oct-31-11 12:28 AM by garybeck
Email from 10/30 Howard Dean pasted below. The subject of the email was simply "Stop them."

Dear xxxx,

I'm going to get straight to the point. If the so-called Super Committee votes to increase the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67, it will completely erase all the gains we made in providing healthcare to every American under President Obama.

Medicare is the only universal healthcare program that exists in the United States of America. No one who supports moving back the age of eligibility can possibly be considered an advocate for universal health insurance.

In fact, if that happens, the legacy of the Democrats for the past four years will have been to do far more harm to the healthcare system than good.

By raising the age of eligibility from 65 to 67, hard working Americans who are in their 50's or 60's, and cannot afford insurance under the current system will have to wait two additional years before Medicare kicks in. They would be forced to stay in the private healthcare system - if they can afford it.

I personally know people who are on crutches this year because they cannot afford the hip replacement they need until they turn 65 a year from now.

It also means that you'll have more people putting off care for an extended period of time and entering the system as more expensive Medicare recipients. This could actually increase overall spending on Medicare -- eliminating much or all of the "savings" the Super Committee may imagine they can achieve with these cuts.

This is bad policy and we have to stop it. I will personally not support any candidate for any office that attempts to cut back Medicare in this way. Democracy for America is preparing right now to run aggressive campaigns, including hard-hitting TV ads, against anyone -- Republican or Democrat -- who supports increasing the age of Medicare eligibility.

Please contribute $12 right now to fuel DFA's campaign and deliver the resources to win.
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We've succeed in bringing Washington politicians to their senses before and we can do it again. Because when we work together, we win.

Thank you for everything you do.


Governor Howard Dean, MD
Founder, Democracy for America
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  -Howard Dean: "Stop Them." garybeck  Oct-31-11 12:04 AM   #0 
  - This needs some kicks to match the recs!  cui bono   Oct-31-11 12:22 AM   #1 
  - Kicking with a stiletto-heeled boot  Kaleko   Oct-31-11 12:29 AM   #3 
  - Note to Dr. Dean  dflprincess   Oct-31-11 08:58 PM   #62 
     - Exactly, plus it appears the Dems had already dropped the age eligibility ...  slipslidingaway   Oct-31-11 10:11 PM   #70 
  - K&R!  girl_interrupted   Oct-31-11 12:26 AM   #2 
  - K&R  woo me with science   Oct-31-11 12:31 AM   #4 
  - k&r n/t  RainDog   Oct-31-11 12:31 AM   #5 
  - Another K&R  abq e streeter   Oct-31-11 12:44 AM   #6 
  - k  emilyg   Oct-31-11 12:53 AM   #7 
  - J&R!  Fire Walk With Me   Oct-31-11 12:54 AM   #8 
  - Dr. Howard, you know I love you,  chollybocker   Oct-31-11 02:35 AM   #9 
  - You go Dr. Dean! With you all the way!!!  AsahinaKimi   Oct-31-11 02:54 AM   #10 
  - It will be more expensive in the long run to increase the age limit.  Major Hogwash   Oct-31-11 03:07 AM   #11 
  - K&R  Sherman A1   Oct-31-11 03:19 AM   #12 
  - Kick  a kennedy   Oct-31-11 06:58 AM   #13 
  - Dang! I'm about to be 62 (knock on wood), and I really can't go 5 more years privately.  WinkyDink   Oct-31-11 07:01 AM   #14 
  - Kicked and Recd.  Firebrand Gary   Oct-31-11 07:02 AM   #15 
  - K&R  highplainsdem   Oct-31-11 07:44 AM   #16 
  - Dean says it all  catrose   Oct-31-11 07:48 AM   #17 
  - Gladly K &R n/t  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-31-11 08:42 AM   #18 
  - Rec, but would like to see a link about who is proposing this increase  flamingdem   Oct-31-11 09:08 AM   #19 
  - Kick. n/t  area51   Oct-31-11 10:31 AM   #20 
  - K&R  Historic NY   Oct-31-11 11:39 AM   #21 
  - Rec n/t  OhioChick   Oct-31-11 11:40 AM   #22 
  - From the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party  MannyGoldstein   Oct-31-11 11:51 AM   #23 
  - K&R  KansDem   Oct-31-11 11:59 AM   #24 
  - Yes but, must interject:  MH1   Oct-31-11 12:02 PM   #25 
  - People in the future will need Medicare SOONER rather than later, because  valerief   Oct-31-11 01:08 PM   #32 
  - Hooray for Dr Dean!  bvar22   Oct-31-11 12:06 PM   #26 
  - So true and so sad.  JDPriestly   Nov-01-11 12:32 AM   #73 
  - K&R  davidwparker   Oct-31-11 12:12 PM   #27 
  - Kick !  WheelWalker   Oct-31-11 12:14 PM   #28 
  - Fuck yeah!  blackspade   Oct-31-11 12:24 PM   #29 
  - K&R nt  abelenkpe   Oct-31-11 01:03 PM   #30 
  - K&RRRRRRR  lark   Oct-31-11 01:08 PM   #31 
  - K&R  kentuck   Oct-31-11 01:27 PM   #33 
  - Done.  patrice   Oct-31-11 01:42 PM   #34 
  - Done. n/t  whathehell   Oct-31-11 02:25 PM   #35 
  - After I received this e-mail I sent Dr. Dean $12.00  classof56   Oct-31-11 02:26 PM   #36 
  - K & R  L0oniX   Oct-31-11 02:29 PM   #37 
  - Love the great Howard Dean!  GreenTea   Oct-31-11 03:04 PM   #38 
  - Good for Dean. Starting Medicare at 67 is not going to work, if they do it. Too many people will  AlinPA   Oct-31-11 03:11 PM   #39 
  - Dr. Dean is back on the case!  a2liberal   Oct-31-11 03:14 PM   #40 
  - K & R  snagglepuss   Oct-31-11 03:18 PM   #41 
  - k&r  aquart   Oct-31-11 03:44 PM   #42 
  - Raising the eligibility age for Medicare is a goddamned death sentence for thousands of Americans  Divernan   Oct-31-11 03:59 PM   #43 
  - K & R!  Sportsguy   Oct-31-11 04:21 PM   #44 
  - "The presentation produced by ... Dems does not call for a raising of the Medicare eligibility age"  slipslidingaway   Oct-31-11 04:25 PM   #45 
  - K&R!  Enthusiast   Oct-31-11 04:29 PM   #46 
  - Raising the age limit can do nothing but damage Medicare, if anything  Uncle Joe   Oct-31-11 04:34 PM   #47 
  - K&R  Suprk   Oct-31-11 05:11 PM   #48 
  - K & R  democrank   Oct-31-11 05:24 PM   #49 
  - Who is 'Them' Howard?  swilton   Oct-31-11 05:27 PM   #50 
  - K & R - He sure didn't mince words, did he?  Raksha   Oct-31-11 06:04 PM   #51 
  - Obama, at Rahm's urging, froze Howard out of his administration  DFW   Oct-31-11 06:14 PM   #53 
  - But the email is all about eligibility age which was not in the Dems proposal anyway...  slipslidingaway   Oct-31-11 06:56 PM   #55 
  - Our healthcare system is broken.............  Swede Atlanta   Oct-31-11 06:09 PM   #52 
  - K&R! nt  gateley   Oct-31-11 06:29 PM   #54 
  - Kicked&Recommended..  butterfly77   Oct-31-11 07:42 PM   #56 
  - K&R  rosesaylavee   Oct-31-11 07:59 PM   #57 
  - K&R Thank you Howard!  Doremus   Oct-31-11 08:02 PM   #58 
  - Kick, and recommend.  HCE SuiGeneris   Oct-31-11 08:19 PM   #59 
  - K&R  JDPriestly   Oct-31-11 08:44 PM   #60 
  - K & R !!!  WillyT   Oct-31-11 08:50 PM   #61 
  - Proud to be REC #321. nt  bertman   Oct-31-11 09:27 PM   #63 
  - Only gain Obama made re Health Care was in "preserving private H/C industry" ... !!!  defendandprotect   Oct-31-11 09:46 PM   #64 
  - They institutionalized for-profit health insurance.  harun   Oct-31-11 09:53 PM   #66 
     - True -- while Obama knew that 50 million Americans were suffering for lack of H/C -- !!!  defendandprotect   Oct-31-11 09:58 PM   #68 
  - K&R....I love this man....n/t  unkachuck   Oct-31-11 09:49 PM   #65 
  - Whoa! Them's fightin' words. Kick for Doc Dem. nt  Zorra   Oct-31-11 09:54 PM   #67 
  - K&R!! nt  Beartracks   Oct-31-11 10:05 PM   #69 
  - K & R x 1000 n/t  orbitalman   Oct-31-11 11:12 PM   #71 
  - Governor Doctor Chairman Founder Dean  Iwillnevergiveup   Oct-31-11 11:39 PM   #72 
  - Everything Howard Dean says in this message is right, but it doesn't go far enough.  Matt Shapiro   Nov-01-11 10:37 AM   #74 

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