Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Social Engineering - GOP Style

Is Killing Off the Old and Infirm
the Newest Scheme for GOP "Social Engineering?"
Unhappily, there will be little chance for a quick death.
Illiterate, Christ loving Trumpkins totally on board.

Cowardly Republican House Speaker, Paul Ryan, once again is preparing to obliterate Medicare, the health care element of Social Security, allowing the new Republican overlords to divert the costs into glorious tax cuts for the oligarchs who own the Party.

However, isn't "cowardly" just a little over the top? 

Not really. Aside from the fact that the Social Security recipients presently receiving benefits from the highly successful program paid for them, and Speaker Ryan's scheme literally means absconding with the cash thanks to the almost unlimited power he now enjoys. the little Speaker has not been emboldened sufficiently to dare cutting benefits to voters. Cutting benefits to the next generation will be painless enough, but cutting benefits to the present recipients turns out to be just a tad to scary.

You may recall that Romney tried this -- with the same "next generation" caveat. Before Mittens the last hideous Republican President, George W. Bush, also impaled himself in the classical, Medieval style of "hoisting his carcass on his own petard."

Well, in each of these historic miscalculations there were more than enough in the opposing Party to scuttle the dream. This time around, there aren't.

There is also nothing even vaguely resembling a functioning Supreme Court. 

All those troubling, inconvenient, Constitutional "checks and balances" are a thing of the past, now. No one can stop them. 

Unhappily for the GOP, there may be more than a few "pissed off" survivors, still breathing and still waiting to case ballots in the 2018 mid-terms.

If you think Paul Ryan isn't serious about ending Medicare, think again

By Joan Carter
November 15,2016

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A "Better Way" design for health care that frees up cash for
the Billionaire Owner$ of the Republican Party

Last Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan went on Fox, the very best place for Republicans to shop their lies, and told some whoppers about Medicare. Those whoppers are what he's using to justify the one big thing he thinks he's going to get out of president-popular vote loser-elect Donald Trump: the end of Medicare. Here's what he said in that interview:

What people don't realize is that Medicare is going broke, that Medicare is going to have price controls. Because of ObamaCare, Medicaid is in fiscal straits. So you have to deal with those issues if you're going to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Medicare has got some serious problems because of ObamaCare. Those things are part of our plan to replace ObamaCare.

First, it already has price controls. Second, it is not going broke. Third, it's not going broke in large part because of Obamacare. In fact, the Medicare controls in Obamacare have actually extended Medicare's solvency by 12 years. Even the fact-checkers say so. So the whole premise Ryan is shopping to explain why he wants to blow Medicare up is a big, fat lie. Which you probably already knew because Paul Ryan.

When Ryan says "those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare," he's talking about his "Better [sic] Way" plan. Which includes repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a body created under Obamacare that is tasked with recommending cuts in payments to providers who participate in Medicare, if necessary. Note the IPAB can't make those cuts, but recommends them to Congress. If Medicare is going broke, which it isn't. Because of the law IPAB is part of. His plan would also expand Medicare Advantage, the privatized part of Medicare. The big part of that plan, however, is his long-standing proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

Ironically, sort of, is that his plan would give subsidies to seniors to buy private plans. Just like Obamacare—which he wants to repeal—does. What it really means is an end to the program seniors have been relying upon since 1965 for their health care. (He also will block grant Medicaid, allowing the states to take the chunk of Medicaid money they receive and do what they will with it. This is important for seniors because Medicaid is the program that provides funding for long-term, nursing home care for low-income seniors.)

Now, Ryan likes to stress that this change will only apply to future retirees. He's lying. These changes would undercut current financing for Medicare, and would throw current beneficiaries into chaos. But it would end one of the most popular and successful government programs ever created, and that's what Ryan is all about. It remains to be seen if that's what Trump is all about, and whether he's going to let Ryan call the shots.

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