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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:13 PM
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202. I read it on another post here on DU. It was in a detailed reply. It was part of how he ended...
The shutdown at the time. I think the thread was about COLAs.

It's the way the GOP has played this game for decades. I remember when they put laws into effect in midnight sessions at the end of the year to diminish Medicare during Clinton's term, too late for debate, to change it into a lot less than it was. That was before the changes they made that went around Medicare's cost reducing efficiencies.

They'd put the changes in so that things covered for many years would no longer be covered and no one could rush in procedures or treatments by announcing it beforehand, so they did it in secret sessions. I'm not kidding, I was paying attention. They actually said that when they did it.

In order to end the shutdown during the Clinton era, concessions were made to many things that we are just now learning about. According to that other DU thread, the COLA reduction and changes with the CPI were already legislated years ago. That they have come into effect doesn't relieve them of anything. That Obama says he will follow the law that was in effect doesn't give them anything new.

As far as there being no waiting period, I was put on social security some years ago and they did not start Medicare for two years afterward. But I'm not your age, probably.

We can agree to disagree about Obama. Have a nice evening.
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