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  1. SpidermanTuba
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    How come Republicans have never proposed a bill to repeal medicare? Medicare is not in the Constitution. The Republicans held Congress for most of 6 years while Bush was in office, yet they didn't bother to do a single thing to rid America of this unconstitutional communist blight.

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    Medicare, although a government run healthcare scheme, is a necessary program. It was designed for the infirmed, extremely poor and senior citizens.

    The question we should be asking is this!!!
    WHY CAN'T OBAMA CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE HIS COMMITMENT TO RIDDING THE PROGRAM OF IT'S ALLEGED 500 BILLION DOLLARS IN FRAUD INSTEAD OF STARTING ANOTHER GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM THAT WILL MULTIPLY THAT FRAUD 10 FOLD?
     
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    Actually, they introduced a bill earlier this year to get rid of it.
     
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    Medicare is very popular, its another "3rd-rail". Too bad the DC clowns can't figure out how to keep it solvent. That may be the GOP plan...let it go bankrupt.
     
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    It already is bankrupt.....the Congress borrows the left over money after paying benefits instead of locking the money up.
     
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    As they have done with social security.
     
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    FYI -medicare does not run a surplus, it is running shortages due to the unforseen nearly double digit increases yearly in healthcare the past 10+ years, but especially since the Medicare pill bill passed under the Bush Administration congress....

    social security is NOT bank rupt, it is running surpluses, but not for too much longer...we peaked those surpluses for SS under Bush....all were used to pay for what income taxes should have payed....but SS has an iou for such and our gvt WILL pay the money back....they have to....

    we begin to need this extra SS surplus money to pay for the added boomers, within the next decade....there is something like 25-30 years worth of SS surplus that will be used to pay for the senior's SS retirement until around 2035-2040 the last time i looked....

    THEN, at that time SS will begin running short....

    But if no reforms or tweaking is made towards SS, come 2040, we will be collecting enough SS STILL, to pay every senior's retirement promised, only at 75% of what they were promised....

    Social Security never goes completely broke....
     
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    You are mistaken....Social Security AND Medicare both are running with ZERO dollars in their accounts. Money is collected from the people through payroll deductions and after benefits are paid out the leftover money is BORROWED by Congress and an I.O.U. in the form of a Treasury Bond is issued to Social Security and Medicare for that amount. Where the claim that both systems are broke is this. There will be MORE benefits paid out and less money collected as the workforce ages and retires. No taxes collected means a cut in benefits. Why, exactly do you think SSA has had to INCREASE the retirement age of all persons paying into the system with a birthday after 1960?
     
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    Ah, but we can fix that. Make the tax I pay for Social Security and Medicare go all the way up to the top. On all income.
     
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    medicare would be fine if the politicians paid back all the $$$ they stole from it
     

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