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Mon May 9, 2022, 02:43 PM

Old enough to remember seniors beating on Rosty's car



the result:

...the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988, which Rostenkowski supported, was supposed to shore up the health plan for the elderly and disabled, adding coverage for outpatient drugs and capping co-payments for medical services (the catastrophic stuff). But there was a catch, and that's what ticked off the senior citizens. The expansion of benefits was financed by a hike in Medicare premiums paid by enrollees.

"No way!" they told Rosty, as you can see in the priceless video. His response, "These people don't understand what the government is trying to do for them." You think?

The protests worked and the law, originally supported by President Reagan and both houses of Congress, was repealed.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2009/08/golden_oldie_seniors_protest_h.html?msclkid=e69aa6becfc511ec9ff416271401e81d



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Mon May 9, 2022, 04:01 PM

1. BTW, that protest was organized by Jan Schakowsky, who is currently...

the U.S. representative from Illinois's 9th congressional district

From 1985 until 1990, Schakowsky was the Executive Director of the Illinois State Council for Senior Citizens. In 1989 she organized an old folks' protest against Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, who had supported a law that reduced the amount Medicare would shoulder for medications and catastrophic illnesses, leaving retired and often fixed-income seniors responsible for more of the costs. Due in part to the protests, the law was repealed.


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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Mon May 9, 2022, 04:21 PM

2. beat me to it. my rep.

adore the woman.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Mon May 9, 2022, 05:01 PM

3. well met

...good for her district electing her to the House.

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