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  •  Stephen Stromberg's opinion piece (9+ / 0-)

    is a reminder to thinking people to check the facts that a politican's policy prescriptions are based on - not just accept the politician's pronouncements and react emotionally to his plan to "fix" the problem.  In Ryan's case, he's demanding a draconian fix for a problem that may not even exist.  

    Ryan's premise is that Medicare is "the program set to bust the federal budget."  This is completely false, and Ryan never attributes his claim to any authority other than himself.  

    The cost of the Medicare program is on a downward trajectory now; there are provisions in the AMA designed to bring costs down further that have not been fully implemented yet, and there are other measures that can be taken - such as allowing the program to negotiate drug prices - that can and should be considered to further reduce the program's costs.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:08:04 AM PST

    •  While it's true that (5+ / 0-)
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      Medicare costs will be going down, we need to get a handle on end of life care for seniors, because that is what is bankrupting the system.
      A woman I work with had a grandmother who was in extremely poor health, obese and had COPD. She developed pneumonia and instead of the local hospital caring for her (very small rural hospital), they sent her on a 3 hour VERY expensive ambulance ride to Amarillo Texas, where she was stabilized over the course of a couple of weeks, and then sent home. She started to deteriorate again, again was refused at the local hospital and again sent down to Amarillo in an ambulance (at this point I should mention that the poor woman did not want to go to the hospital, but her children insisted). By the time she finally passed away, the medical bills were over $100,000.
      That's why I'm hoping the ACA will really work towards implementing the end of life care consultations with older patients, so that they're not forced by family members to go to the hospital, that there is more hospice care available to make the end of our lives less stressful for all concerned and that we can let people die with dignity.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:28:02 AM PST

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    •  And if they expanded eligibility downward (3+ / 0-)
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      to include younger, healthier people, it would solve a lot of the projected problems.
      So of course, the GOP is trying to raise the age of eligibility, shrink the pool in order to kill the program entirely.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:41:04 AM PST

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