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View Diary: BFD? WH Rules Out Medicare Eligibility Age Hike (58 comments)

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  •  Excellent news. (2+ / 0-)
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    puakev, S F Hippie

    Now we just have to get chained-CPI off the table, and replace whatever savings come from that with any number of other useful proposals: raising the SocSec taxable limit; a transaction tax on speculative trading; corporate giveaways, especially to ship jobs away from the US... then we'll have unalloyed victories on the safety-net front.

    We live in a nation where doctors destroy health; lawyers, justice; universities, knowledge; governments, freedom; the press, information; religion, morals; and our banks destroy the economy. -- Chris Hedges

    by Jim P on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:19:48 AM PST

    •  I'd also like to see Medicare reform (1+ / 0-)
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      Jim P

      by way of letting Medicare use its purchasing power to bargain for cheaper drugs.  It'd save possibly $200 billion or so over 10 years depending on how robust it would be.  The more solvent Medicare's finances are, the less likely we'll be even contemplating raising the eligibility age.  

      “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

      by puakev on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:29:28 AM PST

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