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  •  It sure as hell isn't -- but Republicans are (1+ / 0-)
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    just stealing a page from Democratic playbooks and applying it badly.

    Democrats have long been fond of catering to the elderly.  We do, after all, tend to get out to the polls and vote.

    The problem for Republicans is that they are new to the game, are bad at it, and look like the clumsy opportunists that they are.

    The bigger problem is that the underlying assumption is wrong:

    We have kids.  We care about them.

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    by dinotrac on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 05:26:20 AM PST

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    •  It's not "catering to the elderly" (2+ / 0-)

      It's part of the platform to support not only the elderly, but also poor women and children, families, the disabled, etc.
      The problem for Republicans is that they're lying, and people can see that.
      It's ridiculous to say you want to protect Medicare and then hand it over to the states in the form of block grants- it's effectively the federal government washing it's hands of the program.
      And the reason they have to limit spending on Medicare and Medicaid is so they can pay for tax breaks and subsidies for oil companies and corporations.
      That's not protecting the elderly.

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      by skohayes on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:10:11 AM PST

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      •  I would disagree with you on block grants. (1+ / 0-)
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        Different states have different problems and different problems in their medical care.

        Wanting a stronger state role is not a bad thing.

        But Republicans are lying and people can see it.
        They aren't supporting block grants as a way to improve Medicate -- which is too bad. They're proposing it as an initial wedge in demolition of the program, which is worse.

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        by dinotrac on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:12:08 AM PST

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