Robert Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written eleven books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet, and his most recent book, Supercapitalism. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His weekly commentaries on public radio’s “Marketplace” are heard by nearly five million people.
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Liberal Utopia: Obama Actually Gutted Medicare by $732,000,000,000.00+
The drastic reductions in Medicare reimbursements under ObamaCare will create havoc and chaos in health care for seniors. Many doctors, surgeons and specialists providing critical care to the elderly — such as surgery for hip and knee replacements, sophisticated diagnostics through MRIs and CT scans, and even treatment for cancer and heart disease — will cease serving Medicare patients. If the government is not going to pay, then seniors are not going to get the health services, treatment and care they expect.
The American Spectator : Paul Ryan's Bipartisan Selling Points
First, I think that I saw [not read] something to the effect recently that this Widen is now backing away from his association with Ryan [if true, then Emmanuel/Axelrod/Jarrett & Co have GOTTEN TO HIM]. Second, above is still the usual AH’s that pee-pee and moan constantly about Ryan the compromiser and Romney the supposedly liberal. Horse excrement…..grow a GD pair of brain cells and get the cow manure out of your eyeballs, please. A few above have rightfully proclaimed the truth, which is that basically you have Romney/Ryan against the DOMESTIC TERRORISTS period…end of story….make a GD choice because there ain’t no MIDDLE OPTION-GROUND, you dumbarses! As to governmental insurance, IMHO what R/R should begin to discuss is their plan for seriously downsizing the federal government. Which departments/agencies/programs etc should be either substantially reduced or outright eliminated, and the cost-expense savings to the government/taxpayers from same. GSA, Interior, foreign aid, Education, Interior, welfare, HUD, Fannie/Freddie etc come to mind possibly? Put the discussion of governmental insurance on the back burner temporarily and consentrate on the overall government expense excesses initially. This would guarantee a hot and heavy howl from Democrats but would get the necessary blowback from conservatives/Republicans and initiate a real discussion of priorities/necessities going toward November!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mitt Romney Continues Lying About Medicare To Veil The Romney
Politifact Rated Romney’s Claim About Obama And Medicare “False,” Noting That Romney Falsely Implied That Obama Cut Benefits When In Reality, The Affordable Care Act Increases Benefits For Seniors.“Romney said, ‘only one president has ever cut Medicare for seniors in this country and it’s Barack Obama.’ The statement gets it wrong on every front. The Medicare belt was tightened in 1981 and 1982 under Reagan, in 1989 under the first President Bush and again in 1997 under Clinton. So Obama is in no way the only president to cut the program. Further, by specifying that Obama cut Medicare ‘for seniors,’ Romney seems to mean that the president slashed benefits, not just the program’s spending. That’s even more egregious. Other presidents have made changes to Medicare that reduced benefits for seniors, while the health care law Obama signed actually increases them. That’s a lot of inaccuracy in a single sentence. We rate Romney’s statement False.”
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden tries to delink himself from Ryan Medicare plan
We are a Democrat and Republican; a Senator and a Representative; senior members of our respective Budget Committees; and members of the committees that have jurisdiction over Medicare and health care costs. As budgeteers, we understand the difficulty presented by demographic changes over the next several decades. As members with policy oversight, we recognize and encourage the potential for innovation to improve care and hold down costs. And most important, as representatives of hardworking Americans in Oregon and Southern Wisconsin, we realize our absolute responsibility to preserve the Medicare guarantee of affordable, accessible health care for every one of the nation’s seniors for decades to come.
Facing the Medicare Debate Head
The Heritage Foundation has developed a Medicare premium support plan as part of its comprehensive budget reform, Saving the American Dream. With premium support, the government makes a fixed payment to a health plan chosen by an enrollee. If an enrollee wants to purchase a plan that is more expensive than the government payment, the enrollee may do so, paying the additional cost. If an enrollee wants to buy a less expensive plan, the enrollee may also do so, and keep the savings.
In 2009 Obama Vowed to Veto Any Bill Undoing His $700 Billion Cuts to Medicare
TAPPER: One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it — one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Right. TAPPER: A lot of times, as you know, what happens in Congress is somebody will do something bold and then Congress, close to election season, will undo it. OBAMA: Right. TAPPER: You saw that with the ‘doc fix.’ OBAMA: Right. TAPPER: Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance, one third of it, that you will veto anything that tries to undo that? OBAMA: Yes. I actually have said that it is important for us to make sure this thing is deficit neutral, without tricks. I said I wouldn’t sign a bill that didn’t meet that criteria.