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  •  I was unaware (1+ / 0-)
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    of this Medicare Advantage stuff until I read an article in The American Prospect about the Republican Medicare Modernization Act. It's simply heinous. As you noted, the government pays 12% more to these privatge plans for each enrollee than for people in regular Medicare. Seriously, why won't people wake up and notice that privatization has utterly failed?

    I don't remember if it was in the same article, but the magazine also pointed out that if Republicans are so certain that privatization is a magical cure-all, they should be willing to put their money where their mouth is and let private and government programs compete for business. But every plan to do this (for example, by letting non-seniors buy into Medicare if they so desire) has been stymied. We all know why - it would be a resounding success and would provide health care for many who do not have it now.

    Bill Kristol knows this:

    Kristol writes that congressional Republicans should work to "kill" -- not amend -- the Clinton plan because it presents a real danger to the Republican future: Its passage will give the Democrats a lock on the crucial middle-class vote and revive the reputation of the party.

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