Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Deceitful Strategy

Medicare is a single-payer system, that is designed to take care of our elderly.  Especially, people who were employed and working, but didn’t have the money to afford insurance and didn’t have an employer to help them.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.  On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.  Today, our country is at a record low for uninsured citizens of 8.6 percent.  

Nevertheless, congressional Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act over 60 times.  There is no indication that Republicans will ever be able to develop a plan to replace ACA.

The intention of ACA has been to fill those gap between younger people who are too poor and can’t put together any resources to afford health care, and those on Medicaid.

Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan plans to begin the Medicare phase-out of Medicare, that he has long advocated.  He will packaged the phase- out with the repeal of the ACA.  He intends to replace Medicare with vouchers to allow seniors to buy private insurance.

Part of his strategy is to convince senior citizens that ACA is the reason Medicare is going broke.  Actually, the ACA has extended the solvency of the Medicare trust fund by over a decade.

Vouchers won’t be as good as Medicare, because if seniors can’t afford any of the available plans with what the voucher is worth, they’re out of luck.  Vouchers won’t keep up with increases in the costs of healthcare, because Ryan’s plan is designed to lure healthier seniors out of Medicare, leaving mostly unhealthy people.  Consequently, the cost of Medicare will go up, and it will end up unaffordable. 


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