Braveny’s Garden


New DNC TV Ad-Republicans Want to End Medicare
September 6, 2009, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Ugly Plants | Tags: , , ,

From the Washington Monthly

Is the ad true? Actually, yes. Most Republicans really did “oppose Medicare from the start.” As recently as the 1996 presidential campaign, Bob Dole bragged about having voted against the original bill. And for years, GOP leaders have “called for cutting Medicare.” Indeed, the McCain/Palin platform called for significant cuts to the popular program.

But did Republicans vote to “end,” “abolish,” and “kill” Medicare? It’s provocative, but it’s a supportable claim. In April, 137 Republicans voted in support of a GOP alternative budget. It didn’t generate a lot of attention, but the plan, drafted by the House Budget Committee’s Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called for “replacing the traditional Medicare program with subsidies to help retirees enroll in private health care plans.”



McCain is shooting himself in the foot
October 7, 2008, 3:57 am
Filed under: Smelly Plants | Tags: , , , , ,

I just read on the wall street journal that the McCain health care plan wants to cut medicare and medicad.

From the Wall Street Journal a Quote:

“John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.”

Now I understand that the Medicare program has opportunities for reform, but to say this is like shooting himself in the foot especially if he wants support in Florida.  Isn’t that where a lot of seniors go to retire in the sun? 

Here is the link:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122315505846605217.html

I would think it would be better to focus on fraud in the system first.  If you have parents, and they go to the hospital, keep tabs on what specialists come in to see them that are actually related to the illness your parent currently has.  Many times, it is an open ticket to bill medicare for second opinions or tests that aren’t actually needed just because the government is footing the bill.  Example:  a neurologist coming in and billing for services when the illness is not related to the brain.