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  •  Very smart, and much more true (1+ / 0-)
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    than what the hair on fire folks want us to believe.  He did this with Medicare in the ACA, talking about making Medicare more efficient, reducing costs, and the take-away on that was "Obama Guts Medicare".  Deja vu all over again?  "Making hard decisions regarding entitlements" means: cut fraud.  cut waste.  ask the wealthy to shoulder a larger part of their medical expenses, up to a certain point.  reward practitioners who have better outcomes.  screen for early detection, which reduces the cost of critical care once people are seriously ill.  make the drug companies negotiate prices.  don't offer full SS benefits to people who are wealthy.  Ask people who are comfortable but not wealthy if they'd be willing to waive some of their benefits, subject to a change in their financial situation.  And so on.  It's the kind of thing he does - he acts as though he's giving up a tremendous amount, but actually does what he intended to do anyway.  It's great politics, and I'm always amazed that he gets away with so much.  The Republicans are so busy writing the narrative that they keep believing it, and it gets them in trouble every time.

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 08:12:50 PM PDT

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