Marsha Blackburn Defends Medicare

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    Think Progress » Rep. Blackburn pushes false myth that health reform will ‘diminish’ Medicare benefits.

    Rep. Blackburn pushes false myth that health reform will ‘diminish’ Medicare benefits.
    Republicans have been trying to defeat health reform by scaring seniors that their Medicare benefits will be cut if the bill passes. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) have made the false argument in recent weeks. Today, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) repeated the myth in a phone interview with Memphis’ ABC affiliate. She offered a host of vacuous, Frank Luntz-approved talking points before making this statement:

    Our seniors are saying, look don’t diminish Medicare. We have been paying into Medicare. That is pre-paid for us. It’s been coming out of our paycheck for 40 years. And they don’t want that Medicare to be diminished.

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    Of course, it’s ironic that conservatives who have long argued for killing Medicare are now proclaiming to be the protectors of it. “Nobody is talking about cutting Medicare benefits. I just want to make that absolutely clear,” President Obama has said. The health reform bill would not “diminish” Medicare benefits. “To the contrary, reform would simply eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies.” In addition, The Gavel notes several provisions in the House bill that strengthen Medicare:

    Phases in completely filling in the “donut hole” in the Medicare prescription drug benefit (where drug costs are not reimbursed at certain levels), potentially savings seniors thousands of dollars a year.

    Eliminates co-payments and deductibles for preventive services under Medicare.

    Limits cost-sharing requirements in Medicare Advantage plans to the amount charged for the same services in traditional Medicare coverage.

    Improves the low-income subsidy programs in Medicare, such as by increasing asset limits for programs that help Medicare beneficiaries pay premiums and cost-sharing.

    UPDATE A new ad from a right-wing group called the 60 Plus Association claims, "The government -- not doctors -- will decide if older patients are worth the cost" if health reform passes.
     
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    national socialists love their lies, they are fail
     
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    Yup, when those anti-socialists now start defending a government program you know they're grasping at straws.

    The pig with lipstick was such a plus for their side in this debate, wasn't she?

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    fuck you, fuck obama, and fuck all your health care scams
     
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    And fuck you right back, kind sir. I just love the desperation.

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    No, actually, it looks like the lies about a 3rd-Reich style "Death Panel" are what's failing. Only dumbasses would take the word of Chuck Norris or the Wasilla Wingnut.


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    your nazi healthscam has already failed, the gov forces people into the program, and the death panel will see to their demise. you national socialists never have your fill of death, 50 million dead Americans already and your just warming up.
     
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    desperation is obama using union faggots to scare old people. my dad is old and carries a gun, let one of them threaten him and we'll see who eats who.
     
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    Yeah, whatever dumbass. Nobody's threatening you or your dad, but you feel the need to talk like this anyway.

    Go suck your thumb in the corner and wait in fear for the big bad lefties while the rest of us live in the real world.

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