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The 800 Pound Medicare Gorilla

© Jim Morin

According to Paul Krugman, not only is Paul Ryan lying, he is a sore loser.

Republicans responded to modest and realistic cost control efforts in Obama’s health care reform bill with screams of “death panels”, but it seems that they don’t actually care about seniors dying. Not only would the Ryan budget plan destroy Medicare as we know it and cut Medicaid by 44%, but it is so full of what Bush I called “voodoo economics” that it is unlikely to reduce the deficit at all.



  1. Anonymous wrote:

    If seniors are against the Republican agenda, they can pay for their own medicines. That will reduce the opposition either way.

    Monday, May 30, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  2. David Freeman wrote:

    I think the key to understanding both Paul Ryan and the moral descent of the Republican Party is their fascination with Ayn Rand. Jonathan Chait wrote a nice overview of Rand’s influence in

    Some seem to find it very convenient to redefine greed as virtue.

    Monday, May 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink
  3. ebdoug wrote:

    Anonymous agree about Medicare D. I am reaping tons of medicines (about $2800 a year) from Medicare D. Still the subsidies to the less fortunate if Medicare D were abolished would still be there to fund their meds. At least in New York state. Also doing away with Medicare D could bring drug prices into line. I could probably buy all my meds at reduced prices for $3000. I’d just go back to which has the lowest prices anywhere.

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 6:37 am | Permalink
  4. The Republican¬s know they’ve made too many enemies of the little people, and they don’t have a prayer to win the elections in 2012, so they have nothing more to lose and are on the war path blowing up everything and everyone in sight!

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink