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Republicans don’t want to cut Medicare, they want to gut it

Many of the Republican talking points during the Health care reform debate accused the Democrats of trying to ration health care, cut Medicare, and even institute “death panels” that would decide your granny didn’t deserve to live. Well, the death panels were a complete fabrication, and cutting Medicare turned out to actually be making it more efficient so that it could save money (without cutting actual health care). And rationing? That was a total red herring, since every health care system in existence has to ration care, since you can’t possibly provide infinite amounts of health care.

Well, it turns out that the Republicans weren’t actually against rationing, Medicare cuts, or death panels. In fact, their new “Roadmap for America’s Future” actually includes those things. They were just against the government doing it. Instead, the Republicans want to “privatize” Medicare. In their plan, seniors will be issued vouchers to purchase private health insurance. The catch? The vouchers won’t be big enough to pay for the care that seniors get from Medicare! And they won’t keep pace with rising health insurance rates, so the situation will get worse over time.

Ironically, in presenting the plan, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) actually admitted that “Rationing happens today!” — doesn’t that mean that their earlier accusations that the Democrats wanted to ration health care were simply lies?

Republicans are all for rationing as long as it is done by private health insurance companies. And as for Medicare, the Republicans don’t want to just cut it, they want to gut it.

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  1. Manuel wrote:

    The Democrats under this imposter Obama in the White House are all full of it.
    The illegal alien from Kenya is till on the campaign trail. Would someone please tell him he actually won the election a couple of years ago even though it was an illegal election since Obama was born in Kenya. Thanks

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Samuel surley wrote:

    the reason they want to do away with entitlement programs is because they borrowed all the money this is OVER half of the DEPT owed
    by the government if they get rid of these programs then instead of paying the money back they can write it off as a bad dept.

    Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

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