Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

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“what it wants to do is increase the prices it pays”

 

 

Forbes:

Trump’s Executive Order Could Bankrupt The Medicare Trust Funds In Less Than 5 Months

 

In fact, the whole EO signing ceremony is really designed to satisfy the optics of executive action where none is legally permissible. Congress still holds the purse strings, so any increases to Medicare spending would obviously require congressional approval. Executive Orders have all the pomp and appearance of real legislation – including the requisite chorus of fist pumps and smiling faces – but they aren’t.

Impeach him for these UNCONSTITUTIONAL POWER GRABS, assholes.

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Hero of the empire for shutting his mouth about material aid to terrorists.

 

This video should end his career as a Democrat, anyway. Watch the short video.

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Fight Back

“Senate Republicans just voted to cut taxes for billionaires like Donald Trump, his family, and big corporations, which will trigger an automatic $400 billion cut to Medicare. But this is not over. The House and the Senate must agree to a conference bill and pass that―giving us more time to apply pressure.”

 

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Bernie Sanders:

This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?

We remain the only major country on earth that allows chief executives and stockholders in the health care industry to get incredibly rich, while tens of millions of people suffer because they can’t get the health care they need. This is not what the United States should be about.

All over this country, I have heard from Americans who have shared heartbreaking stories about our dysfunctional system. Doctors have told me about patients who died because they put off their medical visits until it was too late. These were people who had no insurance or could not afford out-of-pocket costs imposed by their insurance plans.

I have heard from older people who have been forced to split their pills in half because they couldn’t pay the outrageously high price of prescription drugs. Oncologists have told me about cancer patients who have been unable to acquire lifesaving treatments because they could not afford them. This should not be happening in the world’s wealthiest country.

Americans should not hesitate about going to the doctor because they do not have enough money. They should not worry that a hospital stay will bankrupt them or leave them deeply in debt. They should be able to go to the doctor they want, not just one in a particular network. They should not have to spend huge amounts of time filling out complicated forms and arguing with insurance companies as to whether or not they have the coverage they expected.

Even though 28 million Americans remain uninsured and even more are underinsured, we spend far more per capita on health care than any other industrialized nation. In 2015, the United States spent almost $10,000 per person for health care; the Canadians, Germans, French and British spent less than half of that, while guaranteeing health care to everyone. Further, these countries have higher life expectancy rates and lower infant mortality rates than we do.

The reason that our health care system is so outrageously expensive is that it is not designed to provide quality care to all in a cost-effective way, but to provide huge profits to the medical-industrial complex. Layers of bureaucracy associated with the administration of hundreds of individual and complicated insurance plans is stunningly wasteful, costing us hundreds of billions of dollars a year. As the only major country not to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry, we spend tens of billions more than we should.

The solution to this crisis is not hard to understand. A half-century ago, the United States established Medicare. Guaranteeing comprehensive health benefits to Americans over 65 has proved to be enormously successful, cost-effective and popular. Now is the time to expand and improve Medicare to cover all Americans.

This is not a radical idea. I live 50 miles south of the Canadian border. For decades, every man, woman and child in Canada has been guaranteed health care through a single-payer, publicly funded health care program. This system has not only improved the lives of the Canadian people but has also saved families and businesses an immense amount of money.

On Wednesday I will introduce the Medicare for All Act in the Senate with 15 co-sponsors and support from dozens of grass-roots organizations. Under this legislation, every family in America would receive comprehensive coverage, and middle-class families would save thousands of dollars a year by eliminating their private insurance costs as we move to a publicly funded program.

The transition to the Medicare for All program would take place over four years. In the first year, benefits to older people would be expanded to include dental care, vision coverage and hearing aids, and the eligibility age for Medicare would be lowered to 55. All children under the age of 18 would also be covered. In the second year, the eligibility age would be lowered to 45 and in the third year to 35. By the fourth year, every man, woman and child in the country would be covered by Medicare for All.

Needless to say, there will be huge opposition to this legislation from the powerful special interests that profit from the current wasteful system. The insurance companies, the drug companies and Wall Street will undoubtedly devote a lot of money to lobbying, campaign contributions and television ads to defeat this proposal. But they are on the wrong side of history.

Guaranteeing health care as a right is important to the American people not just from a moral and financial perspective; it also happens to be what the majority of the American people want. According to an April poll by The Economist/YouGov, 60 percent of the American people want to “expand Medicare to provide health insurance to every American,” including 75 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of independents and 46 percent of Republicans.

Now is the time for Congress to stand with the American people and take on the special interests that dominate health care in the United States. Now is the time to extend Medicare to everyone.

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Grow a fucking pair, America. These are evil criminals. They want to see you on the street in your old age, without medicine and then dead. This is real.

Ryan Plans To Use Trump’s Chaos To Destroy Medicare, Medicaid And Social Security

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Trump and his Ayn Rand psychopathic golf buddies do not care if you or your grandma starve to death in the streets. 

Join the Alliance for Retired Americans.

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House GOP Wants to Drastically Cut Our Social Security

U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), chair of the Social Security subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, has filed a bill that would cut Social Security drastically. Analysts say it would mean a 35% cut from current levels for some retirees.

The Social Security Reform Act of 2016, H.R. 6489, gradually raises the retirement age from 67 to 69 for Americans who are 49 or younger. It changes the formula that determines the size of a retiree’s initial payments and it mandates a less generous formula for calculating cost of living increases.

“Now is when we find out if the president-elect will keep his promise not to cut Social Security,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “We know the voters certainly didn’t elect him hoping that cuts would happen.”

“This plan’s approach is a non-starter,” he continued. “It does not raise any revenues for the Social Security Trust Fund – it only cuts benefits.”

The Johnson plan would gradually turn Social Security into a program that produces essentially one flat benefit, regardless of how much a worker contributed. The so-called House Freedom caucus, a group of extreme conservatives, have said they want Social Security and Medicare cuts to come in the first 30 days of 2017, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Johnson’s bill doesn’t just affect future retirees. It reduces Social Security’s cost of living increases (COLAs) for everyone and eliminate them entirely for some retirees. The extreme plan will reduce benefits for spouses and children of seriously disabled workers.

Johnson’s initial cuts come in the form of the two-year retirement age increase, which according to Paul Van de Water, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, amounts to a seven percent cut each year.

National Medicare Call-In Days Set for January 4th, 23rd

House Speaker Paul Ryan told Fox News that he would push legislation in early 2017 that would end Medicare’s guaranteed health care benefits. A national call-in day has been set up in response to the threat.

Call your Member of Congress on Wednesday, January 4th and say, “Hands Off My Medicare! I Earned It!” The number is (866) 828-4162.

We will also be calling the White House on Monday, January 23rd, once the new president is inaugurated, with a similar message.

More information is forthcoming via e-mail.

“Medicare Under Attack” Webinar Link Available

On Monday the Alliance conducted a webinar that explains how the GOP plans to attack our earned Medicare benefits and what we are doing to fight back. For those who missed the live version or want to see it again, watch here.

“It’s important that we all get informed about the specifics of the Republican plans to gut your guaranteed benefits and see how you can get involved,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Polls show that very few Americans know about this plan, but once they learn the details 67% disapprove. We need to first raise awareness and them mobilize our members and their friends and families to speak out against this plan.

 

 

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Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps

Republican-controlled House of Representatives and US Senate went on record this week approving budget resolutions that would eviscerate basic social programs on which tens of millions of elderly, poor and sick Americans depend.

…the cuts proposed are far beyond anything ever enacted by an American government: $5.5 trillion over 10 years in the House budget, $5.1 trillion over 10 years in the Senate budget. Pell grants, job training and housing programs are all targeted. But the biggest cuts come in so-called entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

They’ve opted for a strategy of open evil. Cuts to the infinite war budgets are nowhere in sight. The collapse of America seems assured at this rate, a society of ignorant, hate-filled, mindless, sick and desperate imperial killers.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

…And I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., (killed for his activism)

Shit’s fucked up.