Leading health advocates decry GOP plan to privatize Medicare, gut Medicaid

from Democracy Now!.

Reactionary Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), apparently a reincarnation of Herbert Hoover, is worried that we are transforming “our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.” Such were the arguments against Social Security in 1937, against Medicare in 1965.

Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center: “About half of people with Medicare right now—and this isn’t going to change in the future—are living at about $21,000, $20,000 or less a year in income. They’re already paying $4,000 to $5,000. And CBO estimates and others estimate that that could double under this plan. So we’re talking about half your income going to healthcare in the future for a lot of people with Medicare, and that’s just unsustainable for them. They’re really not going to be able to get the care.”

Hmmm–what was it that former Florida Congressman Alan Grayson called the Republican healthcare plan, the answer to “Obamacare”? Oh yeah: “DIE QUICKLY.”

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