We should probably retire that moniker. The ACA is about how we pay for medical care. If Republicans don’t like the ACA, then we should expand Medicare to serve all. As it is, it is my considered opinion that the age exclusions are un-Constitutional. After all, illness and injury do not discriminate by the age of their victims. Exclusive programs for elderly persons are merely a stratagem for keeping the segregationist impulse satisfied. The perennial threat to end Medicare affects different populations differently. Both Medicare and Medicaid give official recognition to the fact that health is a matter of social security. The exclusion of some people affirms the belief that society is a hierarchy in which some people are more important than others. Segregationists don’t care as much about who’s more important as that somebody is. I suspect that segregation is attractive, or perhaps even necessary, to people who need a contrast/antagonist in order to define themselves. Adherents of the Party of No are people who define themselves by what they are not (not a woman, not a pansy, not a black, not a thespian, not a liberal, not a crook). That every ‘not’ has a positive opposite makes it easy define what they are.
Video: 2011 08 10 Manchester NH Frank Guinta Debt Ceiling, Budget, Medicare, Social Security, Tax Fairness Part 1
Social Security, Medicare Preservation Group Endorses Kuster [VIDEO]
Exactly Reggie, HHS Secretary Sebelius testified before Congress in May 2011. The administration is trying to "double count" the 500 Billion. Critics of the new health-care law are ridiculing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for essentially admitting a key GOP contention: that the administration has been "double counting" Medicare savings by saying the same $500 billion would be used both for extending the life of the current program and for funding its new mandates.
Kuster Marks Medicare Milestone with Local Seniors
Kuster has spent years speaking with New Hampshire seniors about issues like aging and healthcare. In 2004, Kuster and her mother, Susan McLane, co-authored “The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer’s With Love & Laughter,” which chronicles her family’s experience coping with her mother’s diagnosis.
CMS Raises Questions About N.H. Medicaid Reimbursement; Other Medicaid News
California Healthline: State Health Officials Intrigued By New Medi-Cal Data Last week, the California HealthCare Foundation, which publishes California Healthline, released a survey of the attitudes and concerns of Medi-Cal beneficiaries. It has been a relatively long time since a similar survey was completed in 2000, so state health care officials were extremely pleased to get updated information, (Len Finocchio, director of the Department of Health Care Services) said. … One of the main general findings in the current survey is that beneficiaries are pretty happy with Medi-Cal. According to survey results, about 90 percent of the Medi-Cal insured have a positive view of the program and 78 percent said the program covers the care people need (Gorn, 6/5).
Romney Picks Paul Ryan as Running Mate
The Ryan plan will privatize medicare just like when they privatized health care. Ryan plan would require future Medicare recipients to use a premium support provided by the federal gov (voucher) to buy a private insurance policy instead of receiving current benefits directly funded by the federal gov. The Path to Prosperity” doesn’t contain a specific proposal to privatize Social Security;however, Ryan set out some specifics proposing to privatize a portion of Social Sec. by creating individual accounts for beneficiaries and telling the beneficiaries to invest a part of the money.Beneficiary would pay 68 PERCENT of the cost of currently covered services and the premium support payment would pay 32 percent of the currently covered services. In part, this would be because both administrative costs and profits would be HIGHER in a private plan,and payment rates to providers are higher for private plans than for Medicare. Ryan Plan and Mitt Romney are picking on the seniors who have fixed income to make a buck on health care! Lobby checks r coming the insurance companies looking to make more profits; Can one imagine Blue Cross Blue Shield making more than the 13 billion they already made in the last year on sick people by over charging them? Makes me feel ill. Obama 2012, let’s get the word out!