Yea, how about here in Wisconsin!!! Or Congress?
By Jack E. Lohman
Look, these guys don’t work for the taxpayers, as our Constitution demands and they pretend. They work for the Fat Cats that fund their elections, and I’m not liking the results at all.
The average citizen is incredibly detached from the reality that major campaign bribes control our destiny.
Now Paul Ryan wants to privatize Medicare when it is ALREADY 95% private doctors, hospitals and clinics. Even WPS, its administrator in Madison, is a private contractor. But Ryan wants to change it to a voucher system and private insurance, because private insurers can give campaign bribes and Medicare can’t.
That will necessitate a 20% increase in Medicare costs, either to the taxpayers or elderly patients. All because we’ll then have to fund exorbitant CEO salaries and bonuses and luxurious retirement benefits and stock options and broker commissions and denial costs and shareholder profits and even campaign contributions (which will also be passed on to the patient).
Nice try, Paul.
Thanks to George Bush the private insurers already have 20% of the Medicare market through Medicare Advantage, but they now want 100% so they can have unfettered control over premium rises. And we taxpayers pay the “privates” 17% more than traditional Medicare.
So if Ryan gets his way, we geezers go on welfare instead? Smart.
Why do I trust Medicare? Because (a) I’ve been on Medicare for seven years and have had zero problems, (b) I was a Medicare provider for 20 years and had zero problems collecting my costs, (c) Medicare has nearly a half century of experience and has never canceled or declined a qualified patient, (d) and a Medicare-for-all system would provide first-class CheneyCare to 100% of Americans and save $400 billion in wasted administrative costs.
Oh gee, Ryan says, I didn’t know that.
It’s all a game by a very clever congress!
It absolutely amazes me that these jokers, with a straight face, can lead our nation through this shut-down charade… this game of chicken to see who gives in first.
My guess is that they will heroically find a solution that satisfies all of their campaign funders, just in the nick of time.
We have a congress that has given away the store — to the Fat Cats that funded their elections — and they’ve purposely scared the hell out of us. That’s the game plan. Shock and awe. First the tax breaks for the wealthy, now they want to reset on the backs of the taxpayers without affecting their corporate giveaways. Mostly it’s the House Republicans dancing to the Tea Party’s tune, but the Dems have been getting their share of the graft for going along with the game.
The middle-class will pay for it through their increased foreclosures, loss of jobs, bankruptcies, welfare, food stamps and other government services. Yes, we’ll still protect and pay for the elderly, but we’ll do it in a way that make the politicians shine and with as much privatization as possible. And maybe another tax break for the wealthy.
If the voters have any smarts, they’ll replace all politicians in 2012.