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Paul Krugman: The Medicare Killers

Friday, November 18, 2016 10:36
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Why do Republicans want to dismantle Medicare?:

The Medicare Killers, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: During the campaign, Donald Trump often promised to … represent the interests of working-class voters who depend on major government programs. “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” he declared, under the headline “Why Donald Trump Won’t Touch Your Entitlements.”

It was, of course, a lie. The transition team’s point man on Social Security is a longtime advocate of privatization, and all indications are that the incoming administration is getting ready to kill Medicare, replacing it with vouchers that can be applied to the purchase of private insurance. Oh, and it’s also likely to raise the age of Medicare eligibility. …

While Medicare is an essential program for a great majority of Americans, it’s especially important for the white working-class voters who supported Mr. Trump most strongly. … People like Paul Ryan … have often managed to bamboozle the media into believing that their efforts to dismantle Medicare and other programs are driven by valid economic concerns. They aren’t.

It has been obvious for a long time that Medicare is actually more efficient than private insurance, mainly because it doesn’t spend large sums on overhead and marketing, and, of course, it needn’t make room for profits.

What’s not widely known is that the cost-saving measures included in … Obamacare, have been remarkably successful in their efforts to … rein in the long-term rise in Medicare expenses. … This success is one main reason long-term budget projections have dramatically improved.

So why try to destroy this successful program…? … It would be very helpful for opponents of government to do away with a program that clearly demonstrates the power of government to improve people’s lives.

And there’s an additional benefit to the right from Medicare privatization: It would create a lot of opportunities for private profits, earned by diverting dollars that could have been used to provide health care. …

You might think this would make the whole idea a non-starter. And this push will, in fact, fail — just like Social Security privatization in 2005 — if voters realize what’s happening.

What’s crucial now is to make sure that voters do, in fact, realize what’s going on. And this isn’t just a job for politicians. It’s also a chance for the news media, which failed so badly during the campaign, to start doing its job.

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  • Republican politicians have wanted to see the end of this silly notion called “retirement” and have worked to destroy social security for years.
    They serve the corporations. And the corporations want cheap labor. Cheap labor that works for kindergarten until death to learn to be a good “employee” then become arms and legs for the machine.

    Retirement is all but illegal now except for the most wealthy. Getting rid of SS and medicare will obviously make retirement not an option for 99% of americans.

    They want a nation of worker ants. Ants that hustle mindlessly until they dry up in the sun.

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