Medicare

Ira Schwartz

Democrat Hochul

In a small district in upstate New York the balance of power shifted when in a special election a seat long held by Republicans surprisingly went Democrat.  In the post election autopsy many Republicans are blaming the loss on the fact that there were two Republican candidates running and one drew the needed votes from the other.  Let’s look at the numbers…

Democrat Kathy Hochul                                48.06%

Republican Jane Corwin                               41.84%

Tea Party Jack Davis                                    09.06%

Ian Murphy                                                  01.04%

So by looking at the above results you could easily say that by running, Jack Davis might very well have cost Jane Corwin the election.  However that postulation would only work if 90% of the votes for Davis voted for Corwin.  And no one could ever be sure of that.  Most feel this election came down to two topics…Jobs and Medicare.  Medicare being the prime discussion piece; the Democrats want to adjust Medicare the Republicans want to cut it and replace it with a voucher system to purchase individual health insurance.  But how do the people feel about it?  Here’s a pretty good idea.

In a McClatchy-Marist poll released earlier this month, 70% of registered voters who identify with the Tea Party opposed making cuts to either Medicare or Medicaid while only 28% said they would be willing to make cuts in those programs.  In the same poll over 80% of all who answered said “No” to cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.

Ninety-two percent of Democrats were against cutting Medicare and Medicaid, as were 73% of Republicans, and 75% of independents.

The survey broke down the age of those asked into two categories — above or below 45 years-old and those under 45 years-old.  Those above or below 45 years old opposed the cuts by an 82% to 17% split, while those 45 and up opposed them by an 80% to 18% split.

A CBS poll shows a 76% to 22% split.

An NBC/ Wall Street Journal Poll shows a 54% – 18% -27% unsure split.

Their answer to the Medicare problem

It appears to be pretty evident that a majority of Americans want Medicare to remain uncut.  However those same polls also show that two thirds of the people believe Medicare and Medicaid need to be over hauled to run more efficiently and to cut the widespread fraud.

Right now the Democrats are having a great old time with this easily winning the “Sound Byte” contest this week.  Even Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got in on the bashing.  He forced all but five Republican senators to go on the record supporting the House budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), by holding a vote on it Wednesday.  In one single day this went from being a mole hill to being a mountain.  The elections in 2012 are approaching fast and if the Republicans have any hope of holding or winning seats in Congress and the Senate they need to wake up and modify the Paul Ryan budget and they need to do it quickly or that sweeping change we were all hoping for will be a train wreck of historic proportions.

During a discussion on our Facebook page one of the commenter’s wrote, What a selfish and ignorant bunch of elderly we have, they need to sacrifice just like the rest of us.” I was surprised by this cold hearted outburst.  Millions of elderly couples spent most of their adult lives taking care of us; now when they need us the most we cut them off at the knees.  Sort of like what Obama is trying to do to Israel.  Medicare should not even have been considered as one of the programs needed to be cut.  Overhauled to cut down on fraud and to increase its efficiency yes but totally shutting it down?  What were you thinking.  Balancing the budget on the backs of those that can least afford it is a tactic well deployed by the Democrats.  I guess you can say some of us have learned that lesson from them.  Well I got news for you….it is a bad lesson…..a very bad lesson.

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9 Responses to Medicare

  1. Marty schwartz on May 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Disagree. IF people read Ryan’s budget, It actually increases Medicare over time–not hurt the elderly in any way. Just more rhetoric from the Scaredycrats. Scare tactics that’s all they have to run on.

  2. bec small on May 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    The Dems are making it into MediSCARE. The Ryan plan won’t affect anyone over 55. The voucher system will give us choices. Crapcare will decimate medicare by taking $500B from it to spread around. The Repubs need to get their message out better so Seniors can understand that it will save the system & that the Dems have no plan

    • Marty on May 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. Getting the message out is absolutely key especially when you have Harry Reid and Pelosi and company spewing lies about seniors going without care and denying women breast exams etc. People need to get off their lazy butts and do a little research instead of believing distorted sound bytes.

  3. CommonSense on May 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    This is the biggest mistake the Republicans have ever made, next to running Sarah Palin for VP. The great thing is, even though most Americans see how damaging this is to the nation’s seniors, the 20% or so of extreme righties will follow it lock stock and barrel. See the comments above. That lot would follow their Republican masters right off the cliff, but for the rest of us, looks like these geniuses just gave Obama the election in 2012. Let’s see if they give him back the House too.

  4. Dave Burris on May 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    The statistics you cite are telling, the people have spoken, they want Medicare. The Ryan plan is not Medicare, it is a completely different system of “vouchers” or “premium-support” to purchase private insurance. It is not what the people want. No amount of messaging or marketing will convince the people to change their minds on this one. If Republicans persist, they will pay the consequences for not listening to the people.

  5. Dave Burris on May 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Don’t Kill Medicare…It’s Not Medi-Fair! Workers in America pay 15.3% of every dollar they earn into Social Security and Medicare for 40-50 years (most economists agree that the employer share of payroll taxes is effectively “paid” by the employee). Now, some are claiming we can’t “afford” to honor the deal we made after seniors kept up their end of the bargain for 5 decades. I say there are a lot of things we can’t afford, like 2 wars we didn’t pay for, subsidies to oil companies, over-payments to pharmaceutical firms, tax cuts for millionaires…just to name a few. But we can and should keep our promises to our seniors. Making Medicare stronger is a good idea. Killing Medicare is not! A “voucher” plan (or “premium-support” – same thing, different words) to give 85-year olds a partial “gift certificate” to go try and buy private health insurance is not Medicare. It doesn’t matter what they call it, what words they use, it is not Medicare!

  6. KK on May 28, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Medicare as it is now is unsustainable. It will be completely out of money in 9 years or less so doing nothing is a quarantee of zero medicare. If people think that won’t happen they should think again. Paul Ryan’s plan won’t affect people over 55 so the progressives are lying as usual about current seniors loosing benefits. If seniors are worried about loosing benefits they should be screaming at BO who raided medicare to fund his unconstitutional Obamacare.The democrats will be reaponsible for the destruction of medicare no matter what lies they tell.

  7. Marty on May 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    KK-I agree. The libs still don’t get it. That’s why they lost the house last year and will lose again in 2012. They didn’t listen to the people and they’re still not listening. Some Dems actually have distanced themselves from O because they smell a trip back to the private sector. People of integrity expect to be believed and when we’re not, we let time prove us right. They don’t have a single shred of factual evidence to support their propaganda. We will see next year.

  8. Dave Burris on May 29, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Polls indicate 80% of Americans do not like the Ryan plan, including a majority of Republicans. So the people the Democrats are not listening to are the 20% who will believe anything they are told. I don’t think the Democrats will suffer in 2012 because they listened to 80% of the people. NY 26 Special Election may be a forecast of who will suffer.

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