If you have a serious illness these days, $8,000 dollars gets you in the door of a good horpital, but doesn’t cover much else. But this is what GOP House Budget Czar Rep. Paul Ryan is proposing — that seniors over 65 get a ‘coupon’ worth $8K total instead of Medicare and give themselves over to the untender mercies of the ravenous health care insurers. Gee, what a bleeding-heart compassionate conservative this goofball ‘Profile in Courage’ is. It’s a GOP horror movie, “Die, Grandma, Die!” Former Rep. Alan Grayson had it right: “If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly.” Ryan was correct about one thing: his ‘Help the Wealthy’ scam is definitely not a budget.
Rep. Ryan’s Free-Market ‘Death Panels’
By Robert Parry
In These Times
April 12, 2011
The consequences of three decades of anti-government Reaganism and free-market extremism are now coming clearly into view, a cruel and brutish America split sharply between a few lucky haves and many desperate have-nots.
As Rep. Paul Ryan proudly declared in unveiling the Republican budget plan for fiscal 2012, “This is not a budget; this is a cause.”
It is the “cause” advanced in the modern era by President Ronald Reagan and economist Milton Friedman. It calls for further slashing the tax rate for the richest Americans by another ten percentage points, from 35 percent to 25 percent, while enacting a wide range of domestic spending cuts, including phasing out the Medicare health program for the elderly as it has existed since the 1960s.
Under Ryan’s plan, senior citizens in the future would have to select a private health insurance policy with the government paying “premium support” worth about $8,000 to the company, thus shifting a heavier, even crushing, financial burden onto the elderly.
And, since Ryan’s plan also would repeal President Barack Obama’s health reform, which prohibits insurance companies from excluding coverage of “preexisting conditions,” senior citizens suffering from chronic illnesses might find themselves unable to get coverage of those ailments and likely consigned to a premature death.
Read the rest here.
Senate Panel Rejects Gov’t-Run Insurance Option
— David Espo, AP, Sept. 29, 2009.
Bad News for Public Option?
— Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight.com, Sept. 29, 2009.
Prospects for Public Option Dim in Senate
— Shailagh Murray & Lori Montgomery, Washington Post, Sept. 30, 2009.
CORRECTION UPDATE: According to Open Secrets.org, Rep. Joe Wilson’s second-highest campaign contributor during his eight years in Congress is the financial, real estate and insurance sector at $455,129; corporate for-profit health care is third at $414,246. ‘Misc Business’ is number one at $481,252.
In his speech to a joint session of Congress last night, did President Obama ‘hit it out of the park’ to use a dog-eared Big Media clich罠For the most part, he did. It was especially refreshing to hear someone in Washington say the word ‘lie’ as Obama did when he called out the Republicans for pushing their ‘Death Panel’ buncombe, and there were a few other ‘right on’ air pumping moments as well. He also clearly outlined what he wants in a health care bill, including a public option, a good first step to universal single-payer coverage, which is what we really need. As Keith Olbermann said on MSNBC post-speech, the most important thing was what Obama didn’t say if Congress passes his plan, for-profit health insurers will finally be accountable to the elected government of We the People. Last night, President Obama came to work and earned his pay now it’s time for the Democrats in Congress to do the same.
“I will not back downwe will provide you with a choice.”
— President Barack Obama in his speech to Congress on health care reform September 9, 2009, endorsing a public option.
It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who dont. And it will lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government.”
— President Barack Obama in his speech to Congress on health care reform September 9, 2009, speaking about his health care plan.
BTW, I think you’re going to see a quick uptick in Obama’s approval ratings America saw a real adult president in action last night, quite a change (you can believe in) after eight years of the Bumbling Bush Boy.
2009 R.S. Janes. LTSaloon.org.