Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The GOP wants to end Medicare

The GOP wants to end Medicare for those under 55 and replace it with a voucher system. Just how much a month is this voucher going to be? They also want to dismantle the new Healthcare law which means that if you have a pre-existing condition you're doomed. I recently shopped for insurance and the cheapest I could get was a policy from BCBS for $289 a month that covered nothing but limited hospital stays and no medication or follow-up. The next was from GHI for $899 a month and does not cover pre-existing conditions for the first 12 months, then covers 80% with a $4000 deductible. Last was a policy from Aetna for $1,699 a month that was just like the GHI only the deduct was $2,500. 

After facing heated criticism at town halls recently, the Republicans are changing their tactics. Now, instead of attacking Medicare head-on, they're calling for spending caps to disguise their plan to gut Medicare. Spending caps would actually trigger massive cuts to Medicare within a few years. Spending caps are nothing more than a way to kill Medicare.

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