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“President Obama’s re-election is good news for America’s seniors and their families.  Their new Medicare benefits provided through the Affordable Care Act will be preserved, threats to turn Medicare into a voucher plan have been rebuffed, and the voters have made it clear they do not support cutting middle-class benefits to preserve tax cuts for millionaires.

President Obama is right…we are not as divided as our politics suggests…especially when it comes to Social Security and Medicare.  Our grassroots voter education campaign heard from citizens throughout the nation who are frustrated with Washington’s inability to protect the middle-class. Outside of the Beltway, there’s been little disagreement about the path we should take going forward.  The vast majority of the American people of all ages and political stripes soundly reject the idea that cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid should be used as bargaining chips in any deficit reduction plan. Putting tax cuts for the wealthy on the table is the right thing to do and shouldn’t be negotiated at the expense of seniors and their families.

Americans do have common hopes and dreams that drove them to re-elect President Obama --key among them are the preservation of the nation’s most successful economic and health security programs.”… Max Richtman, President/CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    Shahryar, tardis10
  •  now we can push the President to the left (1+ / 0-)
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    greenbell

    Ok, now let's preserve the core of what being a Democrat means. Let's protect Social Security and Medicare.

    Compromising shouldn't mean moving further and further to the right. If this Bowles-Simpson thing comes up, let's oppose it. It couldn't even get passed by the actual commission so I don't see why we'd want it to be the framework for legislation.

    If we want to strengthen these programs there are ways to do it. Weakening them is a really poor way to "strengthen" them.

  •  Yeah, let's hope he doesn't capitulate to either (1+ / 0-)
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    slinkerwink

    the Republicans or to "centrist" democrats by raising the retirement age.

    Raise the damn cap instead!

  •  "swingeing cuts", (0+ / 0-)

    as the British would say.

    They gonna carve up Medicare and SS like a Thanksgiving turkey--gonna carve it up real nice and pretty-like.

    Wall Street gets all the breast meat. And the white meat. And the dark meat. And the drumsticks. And the skin, of course (it's the best part. Yum!).

    We will be left to pick over the bones. If we're lucky, there may be a stray bit of grease left over for us. At least before Citibank swoops in and gobbles it up.

    Of course, no matter who ended up being president, this was always going to be the endgame. All we ever got to choose was who would administer it.

    Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:09:53 PM PST

  •  Ed Rendell AGAIN (0+ / 0-)

    Today he says Obama is now free to ignore the base and do SIGNIFICANT entitlement reform.  Gee they really appreciated your vote.

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