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However, the press keeps telling me that Romney is way ahead on the popular vote and closing the gap on the electoral vote.

Since I do not know a single person who wants to abolish Medicare, I must assume either

1) the pollsters are full of it, or

2) people do not know that Romney/Ryan plan to eliminate Medicare.

Now, if the pollsters are lying, this means that Team Romney plans to use its connections within the E-voting industry to hack the vote. Because the only way that lying helps Romney is if it makes a steal seem more plausible. In which case, we need to insist upon paper ballots in all battleground states.

If the second possibility is true, then what the hell are our nation’s reporters doing? The number one issue that defines the two candidates is Medicare. Not rape. Not race. Not which celebrities support which candidate. Every voter who has ever heard the name Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan should know that these two plan to dismantle the healthcare program on which our seniors and disabled depend for their lives.  Every American who plans to vote for this pair should know that he or she is casting a vote to strip Grandma of her healthcare.  The only people willing to vote for them should be the type who believe in ice floes for those who cannot pull their own weight.

So, which is it America? Do you begrudge your father his blood pressure medication? Are you looking forward to dying young and making a good looking corpse? Do you even know the policies of the men for whom you are voting?

And members of the press, when you shove that microphone in Mitt Romney's face, why is it only to ask his opinion of rape? Of course he is against rape. Why don't you ask him what he thinks about the Paul Ryan plan for Medicare? Do the nation's reporters plan to never grow old? Are they willing to kiss their parents and grandparents good bye?

Those who care about the health of our most vulnerable citizens have an obligation to speak out. Let the rest of the country know what is being planned. Make sure that no one goes to the polls early or on election day without understanding  the stakes. Because once they abolish Medicare it will be too late. We will never get it back.

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  •  A majority (2+ / 0-)

    Of Americans see president blackenstein that's it. Also I think for the first time polls now underestimate dem voters. I think we eek out a bush 04 type win. I'm sorry but the presidents race has consistently hurt him at the polls. The over 65 group has been a reliable dem voting block bc if ss and Medicare for years but now suddenly voting republican just bc the president is black. Think back to those stupid tea party "get your government hands off my Medicare" posters and u will see the stupidity of some of the people of this country.

  •   (5+ / 0-)

    You are correct -- there is no one in the US who gets Medicare or has a family member or friend on Medicare who wants to end the program.  

    We MUST demand that Romney & Lyin' Ryan come clean on Medicare.  They want to end the program.  Americans must wake up and then GOTV.

  •  There are easily accessible polls on these things (3+ / 0-)

    The majority of americans support Medicare.

  •  Too many refuse to believe that it is a serious (12+ / 0-)

    possibility; it is unfathomable to them just like young women and men cannot fathom birth-control and abortion being illegal and unavailable.  The remain unbelieving to their peril.

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 06:55:26 PM PDT

    •  So true! (2+ / 0-)
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      I had to work on my republican girlfriend for weeks before she would believe that yes, Romney really could appoint judges to overturn Roe v Wade.  She refused to believe that someone could be that backward -- but must have finally seen the light becausel she finally broke down and voted for Obama!

  •  To Dems' Dismay Focus Groups Would Not Accept (5+ / 0-)

    that Republican policy was as bad is it really is. This was the subject of reporting and infrequent references in media discussion over a span of some months this year.

    The rightwing would've figured this out years ago, which is part of why their positions have been taking accelerating leaps to the right during this new century.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 06:59:53 PM PDT

  •  The majority of voters don't think Romney will (3+ / 0-)
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    eliminate Medicare. They either haven't heard about it or don't believe it.

  •  To be honest, I think there is a lot confusion (0+ / 0-)

    and Americans no longer function as a majority made up of average middle class individuals.  Hard to believe but years ago people didn't always wear their money on their sleeves, even if they had some wealth.  Usually those with a nest egg had it tucked away quietly collecting interest for a rainy day or emergency.  And for my grandparents and parents generation their nest eggs grew.  

    But, today is different, and people seem to have more money than ever and others are really struggling.  We know what the Republicans want to do with Medicare and Social Security, but President Obama's administration has been very quiet about their plans if re-elected.  I believe that people believe they are going to get screwed no matter what and the Simpson/Bowles plan still hangs in the balance.

    I think that trust has been lost and President Obama's adminstration has been too quiet about fighting for those who rely and will have only Medicare and Social Security to depend on if and when they are no longer working.

    I'm disabled and have spent way too many nights totally worried the about the future.  No matter what anyone says it is hard for me to believe that I'm not at risk of losing my home if Medicare and Social Security are cut.  There are other disabled people I know who are just surviving and we are hanging in the wings holding our breath.  Trust me a lot of people really don't care what happens to others, they really don't.  

    What confuses me is a lot of people must have hundreds of thousands of dollars saved to be totally financially free of ever needing any help or income should they become disabled or old.  Anyone out there can answer that?

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 07:58:15 PM PDT

  •  Majority don't want THIER Medicare away with .... (0+ / 0-)

    but many of them are OK with taking away from others ... don't underestimate the amount of spite and meanness in the population.

  •  money quote from diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Because once they abolish Medicare it will be too late. We will never get it back.
  •  Many confuse Medicare and Medicaid (1+ / 0-)
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    compounded by the fact that many states call their Medicaid system with a "care" name (here it's RITE-Care). So people are really opposed to poor people getting free health care, but when they hear "Medicare" they think that's it.

    And there is some legitimate resentment from people who are either uninsured themselves (because they can't afford it), or paying very high premiums for themselves -- or their employees -- for pretty crappy coverage, and don't get why the government is helping those people over there but not helping me. They don't realize the ACA will actually help that -- because its most helpful and widespread forms of help haven't kicked in yet, and even someone like me who follows it pretty closely can't say what new options it will give me.

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