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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Insanity - Ben Carson to abolish Medicare, Bush to raise retirement age

Charles Bronson in Death Wish 4

The Republican Death Wish
  • Sometimes you have to wonder if Republicans even want to win elections. I suspect the GOP has a Death Wish.
  • Republicans, who have proven they will not cut a dime out of the Federal budge, eagerly go on the record to abolish Medicare that voters depend on or raise the retirement age. These people are fucking nuts.

(Politico)  -  Republicans have fended off accusations for years that they'd gut Medicare for seniors and end the program "as we know it."

Not Ben Carson. The former neurosurgeon acknowledges he would abolish the program altogether.

Carson, who now leads the GOP field in Iowa according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, would eliminate the program that provides health care to 49 million senior citizens, as well as Medicaid, and replace it with a system of cradle-to-grave savings accounts which would be funded with $2,000 a year in government contributions. 

While rivals have been pummeled for proposing less radical changes, Carson hasn't faced the same scrutiny -- and his continued traction in polls has left GOP strategists and conservative health care wonks scratching their heads.

"This isn’t a borderline issue. The politics of this are horrific," said Doug Holtz-Eakin, head of the American Action Forum and health care adviser to Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.

Carson's stance on the third-rail issue of Medicare is especially risky given his strength among elderly voters. In Iowa, Carson draws a quarter of the senior vote -- more than double any other candidate except Donald Trump, with whom he’s statistically tied among seniors. 

Carson’s support is even higher among voters between the ages of 55 and 64, who are on the verge of Medicare eligibility. He draws 34 percent of that age group, double Trump’s level of support, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

Carson's GOP rivals are largely holding their fire so far. Trump's campaign declined to comment, as did the campaigns of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio. A spokeswoman for Bobby Jindal noted the Louisiana governor's support for reforming -- but preserving -- Medicare and Medicaid.

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Jeb Bush to Fuck over Senior Citizens
Jeb says: "Keep working until you die, then 
we don't have to pay out money."

(AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is proposing significant changes to Social Security and Medicare to keep the costly federal entitlement programs on solid financial footing.
Bush outlined his proposals on the website Medium.com on Tuesday, the day before the third Republican presidential debate, in Colorado.
Bush said he wants to gradually raise the retirement age for full benefits, adding one month each year, beginning in 2022 when the retirement age becomes 67 under current law. By 2034, the retirement age under his plan would be 68; by 2046 it would be 69. Currently, it's 66.
To encourage retirees to continue working, he would reduce benefits to those who want to retire early . . . . 
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Call me a "crazy" Blogger, but why do so many GOP "reforms" appear to put cash in the pockets of the Wall Street Elites who finance the GOP candidates?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But of course... big shell game, and when you even think you might win, they change the rules. I really hope these fat cats can enjoy their retirement.... but not likely if they have a bunch of OLD, SICK homeless folk around with absolutely nothing to lose. We MAY just have to cash in those IOU's they have been stuffing in the SS trust fund box.... and, while tar & feathering may be a warning... I have a feeling there will be some tanned hides hanging on the barn.....