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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 05:51 PM
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repugs to Medicare for 55+ "Pull up the ladder, I've got mine."
Typical repug attitude.
:grr:
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 05:53 PM
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1. You betcha
The Repugs in the midwest are still fattening up on their freaking SOCIALIST ag subsidies, while wagging their fat fingers at everybody else...and now they are out to screw the old and sick...

Typical Repug cesspool ethics.
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 05:53 PM
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2. And the people 55 and under have been paying
into Medicare and SS - so do they lose that money?
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 06:01 PM
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3. Oh no, you won't lose the money, you will be getting
"premium support" when it is your turn. (Do NOT call them vouchers, heaven forbid.)

I got mine---finally a reason to be happy I am getting old! Pull up that ladder. :sarcasm:



Actually, I will fight like hell to protect Medicare and Medicaid for EVERYONE. They will not convince me to fuck over the younger people.
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Ship of Fools Donating Member (899 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 06:12 PM
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4. thank you
i have a daydream -- in a town hall with brownback -- and put it in exactly those words.

i think they project outside their bubble. i've got mine screw you just doesn't resonate with SO MANY PEOPLE.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 06:32 PM
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5. You give me an idea I had not considered...
We should all be going to the town hall meetings, and getting up and telling our legislators to "do whatever it takes to protect our Medicare, and we don't care what happens to the people coming after us". It would make that stand so repulsive that even the Paul Ryanites would be cringing. LOL. People who know us would see the "sarcasm" in it, and the people who think that we are serious will be trying to distance themselves from that opinion. I could almost do that.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 06:40 PM
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6. Do you fuck over younger people by upping payroll taxes to pay for seniors
Or by letting it collapse before they can use their benefits?
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 07:00 PM
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8. You don't have to do either to save Medicare as it is today.
There is too much waste and theft from the system, and that should be reined in before we throw in the towel.

One example of possible waste: http://www.projo.com/opinion/columnists/content/CL_from...

Froma Harrop: Curbing Medicare costs without vouchers

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, April 24, 2011

By FROMA HARROP

About 10 years ago, a new radiation treatment for prostate cancer came on line. A single course of intensity-modulated radiation therapy cost Medicare about $42,000. The older radiation therapy cost $10,000. Hospitals bought the new machines and stopped using the traditional method. This tacked another $1.5 billion a year to Medicare spending on prostate cancer alone.

Did the fancy new machines do a better job than the old ones? Medicare did not inquire. It just paid. Amazing.

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fredamae Donating Member (622 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 06:50 PM
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7. 55+ will be negatively impacted....
The bill includes two directives; one that will end "donut hole subsidies" and the other are adjustments to medicaide, which pays for nursing home expenses would impact those folks also.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 07:05 PM
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9. You make a very good point. The highest Medicaid expenses
are to provide care for the elderly who are in nursing homes and have gone through all the assets they had. And that doesn't take long at $5,000+ a month for just the basic care in a nursing home.

What are we going to do with all the elderly who run out of money? Put them out on the street? Hey, there is an idea.
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