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Marco Rubio: Medicare, Social Security ‘Weakened Us As People,’ Made Us Lazy

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By Igor Volsky on Aug 24, 2011

Americans may have certainly taken care of each other in the absence of formalized access to affordable health care, but that support did little to drastically ameliorate the fears and anxieties of seniors. As Ted Marmor explains in The Politics of Medicare, “The biggest fears included not being able to pay for care and risking turning to children or siblings for help, or it meant relying on the charitable attitude of the doctor or hospital. Most profoundly, it was the sense that illness or injury — bad enough themselves — could be disastrous for family finances unless you were lucky enough to have retiree coverage from a union or government plan.”

Indeed, prior to Medicare’s enactment in 1965, “about one-half of America’s seniors did not have hospital insurance,” “more than one in four elderly were estimated to go without medical care due to cost concerns,” and one in three seniors were living in poverty. Today, nearly all seniors have access to affordable health care and only about 14 percent of seniors are below the poverty line.

More: Marco Rubio: Medicare, Social Security ‘Weakened Us As People,’ Made Us Lazy | ThinkProgress

Rubio is a typical Republican asshole...​
 

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SocSecurity is broke and Medicare ended house calls and spiraled costs out of control just like it was supposed to
 

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By Igor Volsky on Aug 24, 2011

Americans may have certainly taken care of each other in the absence of formalized access to affordable health care, but that support did little to drastically ameliorate the fears and anxieties of seniors. As Ted Marmor explains in The Politics of Medicare, “The biggest fears included not being able to pay for care and risking turning to children or siblings for help, or it meant relying on the charitable attitude of the doctor or hospital. Most profoundly, it was the sense that illness or injury — bad enough themselves — could be disastrous for family finances unless you were lucky enough to have retiree coverage from a union or government plan.”

Indeed, prior to Medicare’s enactment in 1965, “about one-half of America’s seniors did not have hospital insurance,” “more than one in four elderly were estimated to go without medical care due to cost concerns,” and one in three seniors were living in poverty. Today, nearly all seniors have access to affordable health care and only about 14 percent of seniors are below the poverty line.

More: Marco Rubio: Medicare, Social Security ‘Weakened Us As People,’ Made Us Lazy | ThinkProgress

Rubio is a typical Republican asshole...​

Sounds like you moonbats STILL have butthurt from Rubio punking chucklehead Kerry on the Senate floor........
 

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Socialist Insecurity is a Ponzi Scheme that would land its initiators in prison if it were introduced in the private sector.

As an investment for retirement security? A drunk, retarded monkey could get a better return on investment than is offered through the SSA...
 

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Good ole Rubio, making the Hispanic community proud. What a maroon.
 

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SocSecurity is broke and Medicare ended house calls and spiraled costs out of control just like it was supposed to

How in the hell can Social Security be broke when it currently has a $2.5 trillion surplus?

If that were true then why was Obama worried that he might not be able to send out Social Security checks if the debt ceiling wasn't raised?
 

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By Igor Volsky on Aug 24, 2011

Americans may have certainly taken care of each other in the absence of formalized access to affordable health care, but that support did little to drastically ameliorate the fears and anxieties of seniors. As Ted Marmor explains in The Politics of Medicare, “The biggest fears included not being able to pay for care and risking turning to children or siblings for help, or it meant relying on the charitable attitude of the doctor or hospital. Most profoundly, it was the sense that illness or injury — bad enough themselves — could be disastrous for family finances unless you were lucky enough to have retiree coverage from a union or government plan.”

Indeed, prior to Medicare’s enactment in 1965, “about one-half of America’s seniors did not have hospital insurance,” “more than one in four elderly were estimated to go without medical care due to cost concerns,” and one in three seniors were living in poverty. Today, nearly all seniors have access to affordable health care and only about 14 percent of seniors are below the poverty line.

More: Marco Rubio: Medicare, Social Security ‘Weakened Us As People,’ Made Us Lazy | ThinkProgress

Rubio is a typical Republican asshole...​

Hmm, I guess Capitalism is a failure.
 

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SocSecurity is broke and Medicare ended house calls and spiraled costs out of control just like it was supposed to

How in the hell can Social Security be broke when it currently has a $2.5 trillion surplus?

If that were true then why was Obama worried that he might not be able to send out Social Security checks if the debt ceiling wasn't raised?

Because scaring old people could lose the republicans votes???
 

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Socialist Insecurity is a Ponzi Scheme that would land its initiators in prison if it were introduced in the private sector.

As an investment for retirement security? A drunk, retarded monkey could get a better return on investment than is offered through the SSA...

Really? Well Prove it.
 

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What the Rub fails to see is that the people still care of their neighbors through taxation for these programs, and that it is a more efficient means of dealing with failed Capitalism.

Of course i would like to see the lil Cuban prove his point, but we all know he is a lying bastard and gets paid to run his mouth.
 

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