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  •  I think in the end increasing the age (4+ / 0-)

    of Medicare will not be part of the package.

    At a time when the administration wants to focus on jobs, putting that in the package will be so controversial that it will torpedo anything on jobs.  

    It is not only bad policy but STUPID politics.

    Hoping that the part of WSJ article that says this is true:

    http://online.wsj.com/...

    Instead of raising the Medicare eligibility age, the White House is considering recommending cuts to providers and possibly increasing premiums for wealthier recipients, people familiar with the discussions say. It's also possible the president would propose changing the inflation calculation for other government programs, which currently use the same measure as Social Security does. The White House declined to comment on those discussions.

    I think the reason why it hasn't totally be written off yet is because Obama likes to deliberate on things and look at everything before he makes a decision even the controversial things.  But again in the end it probably won't be there in the package.

    President Obama, May 5, 2011: "When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say".

    by Drdemocrat on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 09:51:17 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, it'd be such an obvious mistake... (4+ / 0-)

      ...to include it that it'd be surprising to see it happen. But then again I've been surprised in the past...anyway, all we can do now is try to make our voices heard.

    •  And torture, agonize, and depress his once (1+ / 0-)
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      enthusiastic base. If he raises the eligibility age for Medicare that is a deal breaker for my wife and I, and most of our mostly self employed or small business owning friends. We are hanging on and waiting for the day we get out of the grip of our private insurer. The monthly bills raised every year  and the reluctance  to use our insurance for fear of further hikes is crushing.

      If Obama is willing to hand over millions of the elderly with declining incomes and increasing health problems to the tender mercies of our predatory "healthcare" insurers, how is voting for a repug going to give me a worse outcome?  At least these savages are honest enough to tell you that you're going over the side.  

    •  I think you're probably right (0+ / 0-)

      but because I still don't believe Congress will actually want to do it.

      Remember that the only decision Obama has to make is to sign the final bill when it gets to his desk. Up to that point he can waffle and wink wink and make backroom deals without having to come right out and propose anything himself.

      We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

      by denise b on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 01:58:03 PM PDT

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