The Moment You Realize Medicare Is Preferable To Obamacare

On Friday we learned of a rumor that a possible “fiscal cliff” deal was emerging behind closed doors. The deal would raise the top tax rate to from 35 to 37% (not 39.6%) in exchange for the Medicare eligibility age rising from 65 to 67. Let me go on the record and say I think this is a bad deal. Not only does the top tax rate not return to pre-“Bush tax cut” level, but in the bargain we throw seniors under the bus.

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Small Business Health Care Costs: Another Reason To Advocate Medicare For All

There is a lot of talk from Republicans on the crippling effects of “Obamacare” on small businesses. But Republicans offer no solutions to rising health care costs that don’t rely on the failed experiment of for-profit health care insurance provided through your employer. Been there; Done that. It’s why health care insurance is so expensive. I fully admit the Affordable Care Act relies on a failed health care insurance model. This is why we need Medicare for all.

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Don’t Like “Obamacare”? Advocate Something Better, Like Medicare For All

A New York Post column (“The 49ers“) laments the potential job losses as a result of full implementation of “Obamacare.” The use of the term “Obamacare” in place of “Affordable Care Act” should be your first tip-off of what’s to come. The article’s author is Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, which is a libertarian think tank. That should be your second tip-off.

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Medicare: Universal Health Care So Evil, We Gave It To Senior Citizens

Medicare ID cardSince 1965, the United States of America has experimented with a crazy, evil and potentially nation-destroying idea of universal health care. See, that was the year congress enacted Medicare under the Social Security Act. Medicare is a government-run universal health care insurance program for people 65 and older, as well as younger people with disabilities. This program is so bad for America that it polls at greater than 80% and it’s helped lift millions of senior citizens out of poverty and give them the peace of mind of knowing they have access to health care in their advancing years. What a horrible idea!

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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy: Election is ‘Mandate’ to Overhaul Medicare

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)House Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says electing Mitt Romney this fall means Republicans have a ‘mandate’ to overhaul Medicare. As McCarthy put it, “If there’s a mandate going through this election, it’s to save Medicare.” As I put it: When Republicans say “save Medicare” they mean end Medicare as we know it. They would keep a government program called Medicare but it would not be the Medicare that has existed for almost half a century. The Republican plan for Medicare is to turn it into a program designed to shortchange seniors while increasing profits for private insurance companies.

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We Can’t Have Medicare-for-All Because Conservatives Need a Bogeyman

Health care costs keep rising rapidly, and even when the Affordable Care Act fully kicks in (2014), the expectation is that cost increases, while tempered, will still be unsustainable. There are many ideas, solutions and hybrid solutions to tackle rising health care costs, but at its most fundamental level there are two approaches, and only one makes sense in the long run.

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Affordable Care Act: Women’s preventive health services begin August 1, 2012

Starting tomorrow a long list of preventive health benefits for women kicks in as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) provided a rebuke of Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) call for a vote to repeal Obamacare. In her response she listed the women’s preventative benefits that will go into effect on August 1, 2012:

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