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I'm visiting my brother in Central Illinois.  He is 69 and a Vietnam veteran.  He has been diagnosed with Parkinson's.  Because he had spent a year in Vietnam, all of his Parkinson's is paid for by the VA.

On Sunday, he came home after 90 days in a nursing home.  His wife died a little over a year ago. It is clear that he can no longer take care of himself and is on the edge of having to be in a nursing home.  

Because my wife and I were able to be here for this week, we are with him for 24/7 but that will end this weekend.

He now has home care workers coming two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.

Right now I'm listening to a nurse from a local hospital in charge of providing home health care provided by Medicare.  After all, it will be much cheaper for him be at home than in a care facility.  Perhaps, he will become more independent with this service.

The nurse explained all of the care that will be provided by Medicare: three nursing visits a week that will clean and bathe him and take vitals. They will regularly fill his medicine that he needs. It will provide supplies that he needs.  There is the possibility of a social worker and she will visit regularly.    

I don't live in the area and tried to remain very quiet.  Finally, I couldn't take it and observed the services being offered was big government in action.  (My brother is a Republican.)

I was shocked at what the nurse said when I made this point.

When I observed all of the home health services paid for by Medicare was exactly what  this election was about.  This is national health care and the Republicans hate it.

I pointed out that all of these services that my brother will be getting were exactly what the Republicans want to privatize.  I was amazed that the nurse has NO idea what I was talking about.

(I just heard that the social worker can help my brother find a good home health care workers.  He was unhappy about something that happened last night wants to look for a better service.)

So, here is the nurse, a person who happily tells people the services she is providing are all paid for by Bid Government, and she doesn't understand that the Republican is trying to end those services.

(She observed that the workers who will come have to fill out a notebook my brother will keep and she will look at.  This is to prevent fraud.  I didn't have the heart to point out the Obama Administration has cut a lot of Medicare fraud.)

The nurse talked about the freedoms we are losing: the government is snooping into our lives.

(I don't think she understood the crack that I made that even the head of the CIA can be caught by such snooping.)

I don't expect my Fox News-watching brother to understand let alone agree with what I was saying, but the nurse is someone whose job crucially depends on Medicare and doesn't understand the Republican Party is proposing.

Obviously, those who hang out here believe that if people understood what was at stake the Republican Party would die.  However, when someone whose entire job depends on the government doesn't understand the issues, we know why people vote against their self-interest.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:39:32 AM PST

  •  It is kind of like (4+ / 0-)
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    phonegery, Aspe4, splashy, MoDem

    a teacher or police officer that complain about paying taxes or unions.  

    Two quotes I wish to live by "Strength and Honor" (Gladiator) and "Do or Do Not, There is no Try" (SW-ESB).

    by SQD35R on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:57:30 AM PST

    •  I live in OC and hear this crap all the time... (1+ / 0-)
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      from retired union firefighters. It's atrocious.  

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:40:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republicans are idiots, plain and simple. (2+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes, MoDem

    Don't bother looking for a complex answer, that's all there is. They're just idiots...  and hypocrites... and (often) bigots.

  •  People Take Gov't Services for Granted (1+ / 0-)
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    They've never lived in a world without them. Maybe they should so they'll appreciate it more.

    "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

    by Aspe4 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:16:55 PM PST

  •  The real problem is that almost all mass media... (1+ / 0-)
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    is owned by the very same Mega-corps that benefit most from keeping the population un/mis-informed.

    If we could some how one by one sit down with every American and explain the complexities of many political issues in a manner that they can 'grok' we would live in a very different country.

    For now we have to live with people believing something is bad because the TV said so...

    Not only can a small group of dedicated people change the world, its the only thing that ever has.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:21:15 PM PST

    •  That's the bottom line, isn't it (1+ / 0-)
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      When corporations own the media, and those owners are all pretty much right wingers, then there is no way they will really tell the truth about what government does for the working people.

      They want the government all to themselves, and for the working people to pay into it so the wealthy people don't have to.

      That way the wealthy get it all, and the working people are enslaved.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:26:46 PM PST

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  •  Thank you, everyone (0+ / 0-)

    Of course, this is terrible and suggests how badly our fellow citizens are educated in the PUBLIC schools.

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 05:39:06 PM PST

  •  Central Illinois is full of low-info voters (0+ / 0-)

    Most of them vote straight-ticket Republican because the only political issue they care about is opposing abortion rights. I live in Westville in Vermilion County, and the local Catholic parish is using an electronic sign in front of its church to display anti-abortion messages, asking for people to "vote pro-life". They've haven't used fetus images...yet.

    Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:35:02 PM PST

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