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  •  Newt the Brute no longer cute? (5+ / 0-)

    Good riddance to bad rubbish, as the Brits say.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu May 19, 2011 at 04:52:09 AM PDT

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    •  Newt has performed one GREAT public service. (2+ / 0-)
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      Specifically, he has pointed out that the "Path to Prosperity" bill -- as enacted with a near unanimous GOPer turnout in the House -- does not add up.

      Paul Ryan's staff's effort at financial addition was performed incompetently.

      (Thank you, Newt.)

      CBO calculated what the real effects would be if this mess was made law: A summary at New America says:

      Rep. Ryan would make several significant changes to Medicare intended to dramatically reduce government spending on the program.  Instead of the current model of direct government reimbursement to providers, the proposal would largely privatize Medicare, providing premium support payments of up to $8,000 annually to beneficiaries, who would then purchase a private insurance plan. This “voucherization” of Medicare kicks in during 2022, meaning anyone presently under the age of 55 would no longer be eligible for traditional Medicare coverage.  Each year after 2022, the age of eligibility would increase by two months until it reaches 67 in the year 2033.

      With regards to Medicaid, the Ryan proposal replaces federal Medicaid matching payments to states with fixed sum block grants beginning in 2013. This allows states to independently set their Medicaid program requirements and enrollment criteria, dismantling what Ryan refers to as the current “one size fits all approach.” The benefits of this flexibility, however, may come at a cost, according to the CBO.

      “Even with additional flexibility, however, the large projected reduction in payments would probably require states to decrease payments to Medicaid providers, reduce eligibility for Medicaid, provide less extensive coverage to beneficiaries, or pay more themselves than would be the case under current law.”

      The CBO estimates that the Ryan proposal would nearly triple health care costs paid by Medicare beneficiaries by 2030, compared to what they would have paid under the present system.

      -- the CBO report is HERE

      But nobody reads actual CBO reports. Really, nobody but wonks. (The four GOPers who abstained during the House vote just might be wonks. Addition-competent wonks.)

      Newt Gingrich gave this particular CBO report an audience that it would never, ever have achieved on its own. And Schumer is in the bulls eye that Dems will quote Gingrich through to November 2012 and maybe longer.

      Newt's the # 1 sleaze from American politics over the past 30 years. He dumped two wives when they got cancer and MS, which rolls miles lower than anything dreamed about by a Vitter or an Ensign. and of course he took money illegally. (He's a GOPer. Theft is why they do politics.)

      But here and now, Newt did good. Apparently he respects addition. Who knew !

      Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans (& I'm -4.38,-3.74)

      by vets74 on Thu May 19, 2011 at 05:37:35 AM PDT

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      •  I don't think he respects "addition" so much (2+ / 0-)
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        and his own dreams are for "Medicare to wither on the vine".

        I believe that his only issue with Ryan's plan is that it was done too transparently and too quickly.  He was reading the public reaction and realized that working class Americans weren't being duped with this sudden "Medicare must be ended for corporate profit".

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