The Daily Banter

Killing Medicare By Pretending to Save It

My Wednesday column:

Here's precisely why raising the Medicare eligibility age appears to be the only solution to keeping the program solvent: the Republican Party, which hates Medicare and always has, and the compliant DC news media, which self-consciously dittos the Republicans so as to not appear too "liberal," say so.

And so it is.

But I probably don't need to tell you that it's really, really flipping stupid -- times a thousand. And it's simply designed to sabotage Medicare and the broader healthcare system.

During election campaigns the Republicans invariably pretend to be in love with Medicare, as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan reminded us this year by turning the Affordable Care Act's Medicare savings into a cudgel to flog the president and the Democrats as enemies of the program when in fact the opposite is true in nearly every way. Not only did Romney inject the $700 billion savings into the discourse as a campaign issue, it practically became a centerpiece of his campaign -- not to mention one of his biggest lies. And now the same Republicans who joined Romney in this line of attack are insisting that Medicare be one of the programs on the fiscal cliff chopping block.

The idea is a familiar one. They want to raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67, and they're receiving hearty endorsements from the cynical, nearsighted and compliant DC press. [continue reading]

  • bphoon

    I only hope the President uses the leverage he has and resists accepting this as a compromise position.

  • Brutlyhonest

    What’s two more years to someone typing away in an office? The same as two more years as a manual laborer, of course.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Not going to be a problem. Corporate America will still broom those manual laborers out the door at 65 so that they can replace them with younger workers they can pay less and will cost the company health plan less money.

      The 65-year-old CEO, of course, will still collect his “retention bonus” so that he can stick around and provide them with “leadership”.

  • rikyrah

    for all you old mofos who voted GOP….

    kiss my young ass for being so damn stupid.

    we told you what they wanted…

    but… couldn’t get pass the BLACK MAN AS PRESIDENT.