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    •  No, ration card gave you the right to the items (3+ / 0-)
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      The GOP plan leaves you at the mercy of the private individual-policy insurance market, without the protections built into the ACA for people with pre-existing conditions. And I can just imagine how eagerly they're going to be lining up to sell medical insurance to 85-year-olds.

      So the whole scheme is delusional and cruel.

      •  But that's my point. (0+ / 0-)

        The market is not one-sided.  It is not made up of just sellers.  It has sellers AND buyers.  And the ration coupons/cards gave one the right to purchase (only if it was in stock) but also placed restrictions on how much could be bought or sold.

        PLUS, the FDR administration simplified the choices available to both sellers and buyers.  Contrast that with the Bush administration's Medicare prescription drug program where the choices available to "consumers" (more like deer caught in the headlights) were overwhelming and confusing with few or no controls and protections.

      •  See below (0+ / 0-)

        See my reply to you below.  Actually, ration cards did not give you "rights".  They gave you "privileges".   And not everyone had equal privileges.  You can't lose your rights.  But you could lose your rations!

        Btw, where did you hear that they gave you "rights"?

      •  The voucher, being only money, is also susceptible (0+ / 0-)

        at any time, to be part of the Ryan budget of a subsequent year which cuts the amount in order to apply funds to the deficit or whatever his excuse is that year.

    •  Repug nostalgia for the old days! LOL (0+ / 0-)

      Obviously Repugs are nostalgic for a time that few in this country lived through unless they are elderly - World War II and ration coupons!  Now I understand why they are so hot for Couponcare!  They believe in their fantasies that everyone is going to jump on a nationwide wagon to use their Couponcare coupons and use them thriftily as an expression of patriotism and of helping the team win.

      Did I say "win"?  Yeah, whipping up patriotic participation just like the WIN (Whip Inflation Now) program proposed during the Ford administration.  We all know how that fell on its face and failed big-time.

      World War II rationing wasn't easy, and people cherished their ration coupons because the coupons had real value.  And people made the effort to learn how to use that new (and temporary) system because EVERYONE was afraid Hitler's Nazis and Tojo's Imperialists might prevail and wanted to help beat them if they couldn't actually serve themselves.  Remember, this was a time when the draft was for men 18-45 and when teenagers frequently and willingly lied about their ages to sign up for the military.  But there is no enemy today who will carpetbomb entire cities without provocation (blitzkrieg), rape and pillage other cities (Nanking), or commit genocide against entire groups of people for various reasons, and so there is no fearful enemy to motivate people to use and understand an unnatural economic system.

      That's right!  The Invisible Hand of the Free Market gives Couponcare a big finger because the Free Market is too overwhelmed and too tired to use it effectively.  I can hear it now as Free Market whines, "I don't wanna do homework!"  "Why can't this be easy?"  And don't forget, "Why don't you just do it for me?"

      Or maybe we'll invade Syria in an effort to create that great big, scary enemy to motivate our seniors to use Couponcare and support our troops!  Yeah, that's the ticket.

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