The New National Nightmare Begins

Paul Ryan announced that as part of repealing Obamacare he plans to phase out Medicare and replace it with private insurance for retirees. It’s Bamboozle Palooza 2.0.  Remember when George W. Bush tried to privatize Social Security? Well, we’re in the fight of our lives again. Clearly no civil rights or social justice battle is ever won. Nothing is sacred or valued to Republican extremists. Trump voters … you asked for it. We didn’t. We defeated the privatization of our schools at the ballot, now we’ll have to defeat this too … on your behalf.

Remember, remember the 8th of November!


10 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. breathtaking

    Talk about mis-reading a “mandate.”

  2. I suppose that Medicare cannot be the basis

    of a nationailzed health insurance if it does not exist.

    “Market for all” does not have the same ring.

  3. If Trump wants to serve one term

    This is the recipe. I’m not heading out to the ledge quite yet.

  4. States will need to step up.

    I suspect that one result of a Trump presidency is there will be a starker contrast among the states regarding the various social policies they enact.

    • Hmm

      I think we’ll see a difference in economic policy, too. Unfortunately, that means that we end up subsidizing the shiftless red states because they blow up their own economies.

      sabutai   @   Fri 11 Nov 12:57 PM
      • To say nothing of home state shopping

        Blue states will start looking a whole lot more attractive to those with massive medical bills…

        • And there's this:

          Hospitals are going to start to scream when we revert back to the old system where people simply could not pay! Imagine the scenario of a voucher system. I get a voucher for $5,000. The doctor tells me the procedure ought to cost $3,800 and I say, “Okay, go for it!”.

          However, there are complications (aren’t their always?) and the bill comes to $7,800. I had the hospital my keen little voucher and the news that I ain’t got the rest.

          Okay, sue me! By the way, get in line behind the credit card company, the bank that holds my mortgage, and the gas company.

      • To a large extent we already do.

        The states that complain the most about the size of the federal government also tend to be the net beneficiaries of such largesse. MA is one of those states that gets its own house in order AND net donates to the federal government.

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