Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

Social Security And Medicare

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Not going broke, not bankrupt, still paying benefits for the forseeable future…

What we’ll be hearing of course are the usual lies from the usual liars (Mark Warner, take a bow!).

Easy solutions: stop listening to the liars, raise the Social Security payroll tax/income threshold to cover all taxpayers, and lower the eligibility age for Medicare to 0.

Gorilla says: “Once we’re truly all in it together, the assholes will melt away!”

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Wyden-Ryan: Destroying Medicare As We Know It

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

What happens when two worthless Congressmen, one from each party, decide to unite on a Medicare “reform” proposal?

They destroy Medicare!

Anything relating to “reforming Medicare” that includes vouchers and the private sector will: a) cost far more than traditional Medicare and b) reduce the benefits available under traditional Medicare.

What would a serious Medicare reform entail?

A single payer system: if everyone’s covered, from birth to death, at the current minimum Medicare level, with the option to buy supplemental coverage from the private sector, then costs will be reduced substantially. We do not need insurance middlemen at all.

A national health care system with both public and private sector inputs that spends 50% less on health care and provides better outcomes: this would be the health care system that is available everywhere else in the developed world.

A national health care system that allows beneficiaries to shop for coverage from other countries and lifts the protectionist barriers erected by the doctors’ lobby and Big Pharma. Paying doctors what they’re paid in other rich countries, publicly funding all pharma research, and reducing patent grant periods to 5 years maximum will reduce costs dramatically with no impact on the quality of services provided.

A rigorous national effectiveness testing board to determine whether treatments justify costs.

All of these reforms would make a dramatic contribution to deficit reduction, provide better quality medicine at lower cost, and enable all Americans, for the first time ever, to enjoy lifetime health security.

What Wyden and Ryan propose is nothing more and nothing less than shifting the cost of Medicare onto the backs of senior citizens. This is what complete amorality on the part of corporate America’s Congressional shills looks like.

Gorilla says: “A serious reform of Medicare has yet to be proposed by anyone, Wyden-Ryan is simply the latest non-serious disaster!”

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Stupidity Runs Out Of Subsidy

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Once again, the utterly stupid tie between employment and health insurance comes back to haunt the unemployed!!!

Seems that, absent an extension by Congress (good luck with getting 60 votes for that while health care “reform” is still being debated), subsidies will run out that would enable unemployed workers to keep their health benefits for 9 months after losing their jobs.

Once the subsidies go, the cost of insurance skyrockets, to the point that in many states it will exceed the monthly unemployment benefit.

So, more Americans will be without health care, or faced to choose between health care and eating.

It’s for this reason that health care reform as currently proposed is both totally inadequate and totally nonsensical.

Unemployed workers who lose their health care will, once they’re poor enough, be able to apply for Medicaid, meaning the government will be paying for their health care either way. Of course, Medicaid coverage is very minimal, but at least it’s something.

So why not simply bring everyone into Medicare and break the tie once and for all with employment?

Because that would mean the end of richly profitable health insurance companies (although they could be allowed, as they are now with Medicare, to sell very lucrative supplemental policies), reduce health care costs by at least 30%, and give the American people control over their medical-industrial complex.

No chance of that happening anytime soon!

Gorilla thinks: “We’d like to be more compassionate, but stupidity always gets in the way!”

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