We've just come through "the Great Recession", the longest, deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Two groups hit especially hard; recent college grads and people in their 50s. Those lovely corporations, rumored by Reaganites and the mentally deficient folk who still believe him to have been a great friend to the middle class to be breathlessly awaiting more favorable regulations before they'll unleash the TRILLIONS of dollars they're currently sheltering overseas, brutally (and most likely illegally) purged workers in their 50s from the ranks of the employed to, among other things, keep the cost of their group health insurance plans lower. Many of these not-quite-senior citizens will never work again, or if they do the salaries they'll make will be a small fraction of what they made before. Oh, and just to add an additional measure of cruelty, after paying their health insurance bills every month while they were young and healthy, they no longer have access to that employer-based health insurance plane.
So now, whena "loophole" is found that gives these people, "millions of middle class people" access to medicaid, it's seen as a "problem" that needs to be "fixed" ASAP?
We've become a brutal country with a hateful bigotry towards average middle-class people in their 50s. "Changes to medicare won't affect anyone under 54" my ass. I'm 54. I've paid into medicare my entire life. Now you want to break the contract with me and you expect to pay nothing for doing it? AND, if a "loophole" is found that gives me access to medicaid if I need it, you "need" to close it, ASAP? Fuck that!