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  •  In a real shutdown… (3+ / 0-)
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    Randomfactor, shoeless, cybersaur

    …real people without access to Medicare or Social Security will actually die. What's a few lives here and there?

    Union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone:

    by DemSign on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 10:20:20 AM PDT

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    •  What if (1+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z

      A few lives here and there in the next year ends up saving more lives in the long-term?

    •  I wonder what the teabaggers will do (2+ / 0-)
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      Possiamo, Matt Z

      when their Social Security checks stop coming and they lose their Medicare.

      The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

      by shoeless on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 10:47:33 AM PDT

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      •  Well, that's easy to answer (1+ / 0-)
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        I wonder what the teabaggers will do when their Social Security checks stop coming and they lose their Medicare.
        Blame Obama, of course!

        +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

        by cybersaur on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 02:50:17 PM PDT

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    •  Extremely unlikely (2+ / 0-)
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      ProgressiveOldMan, Matt Z

      Most Social Security payments go out electronically (on auto-pay), and would go out even in a shutdown. I'm sure HHS would ensure that the handful of paper checks go out as well. "Shutdown" does not mean literally "shutdown"; we can rest assured that the air traffic controllers will still be at work, the NSA will still be vacuuming up every bit of available data about us, the military drones will keep flying, and the Secret Service will still be guarding the First Family. There may be delays in paying those folks, but it's not like everything suddenly goes black and cold and all Federal employees stay home.

      Medicare providers may experience payment delays, but your Medicare card will still get you into your doctor's appointment.

      We've been here before. It's a nuisance, and an inconvenience, and it actually ends up costing the government more money to stop things and then start them up again, but it's not Doomsday.

      •  Unlikely but (0+ / 0-)

        Perhaps we can somehow get HHS to not send payments if the person is on the rolls of a tea-party organization, but only during the "shutdown"?

        Nah, that would be something the republican's would do.

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