Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Keep your government hands off my Medicare

For some reason the corporate media doesn't bother to point out that the Republican tax bill, whether the House or Senate version, will perforce immediately cut Medicare by $25 billion and force ever deeper cuts in the years ahead. This is because existing law requires cuts in spending to make up for tax cuts. The congressional leadership and the head of the Office of Management and Budget are hostile to Medicare -- they want to eliminate it entirely. This is true.

Remember that in the 2010 midterms, the Republicans claimed that the Affordable Care Act cut Medicare and that they were the defenders of Medicare against Democrats. The claim about the ACA was misleading at best -- it reduced some payments to providers but did not cut benefits. But enough voters believed them to produce big Republican gains. The current Resident campaigned on a promise to protect Medicare and Medicaid, but of course he was lying, as he is every time his lips move.

Do you or your parents or grandparents depend on Medicare? You might mention this to them, since CNN won't.

1 comment:

Don Quixote said...

It is just amazing and incredibly depressing to watch our republic and government being undermined and disassembled each day by the likes of Ryan, Bannon, the Kochs and other freaks of AynRandism. I had a friend who was an "Objectivist"--that's what the Rand crowd likes to call themselves, insisting that she was epistemologically without sin and incapable of error. The premise was that she was so clear in her understanding of "reality" that not one tenet or premise of her philosophy could be questioned, or the whole structure of her belief system would be invalidated. Well, as we're finding out now, women don't like getting raped, as she so twistedly posited in "Atlas Shrugged."

So much for Ayn Rand.

She was wrong about a hell of a lot else! And so are her followers, who claim the mantle of atheists--only to make her into a deity. As you've pointed out many times, Cervantes, capitalism and "The Free Market" are no holy grail. The world's resources are finite--at least its carbon-based resources--and renewable energy is the way to go. The only way.

I was in Toronto over 40 years ago, and saw climate change models AT THAT TIME at the Ontario Science Centre that showed global warming prognostications and their consequences. The same type of consequences that Exxon knew about, and funded research into, before it instructed its scientists to skew data and start delegitimizing anthropogenic climate change.

We live in a society of lies, and it is depressing to see Fox and other sources of lies dictate insane, irrational policy. It feels like no matter what we do, we can't stop the juggernaut of the decay of the republic. People should be outraged and up in arms, ready to start wildcat strikes, calling their senators and congresspeople every day and ready to kick them out of office--the Republicans, that is--but apparently they are more concerned with the Kardashians, contrived "reality" shows, and other forms of escape. We have met the enemy and it is us.

One disclaimer: Any response from naysayers will go unread and unresponded-to by me. I have no use for invidious motherfuckers. They're part of the problem. I want to be part of the solution. Talk about farting in a whirlwind! The problem is that a lot of people listen to the willful ignorance of such serial farters--like O'Reilly, Hannity et. al--because they speak through malevolent megaphones. People need to turn off their television sets and get out into real reality. I guess ignorance loves company!