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[ 21 ] August 28, 2012 |

Republicans are for it. But their version means that people who aren’t affluent just won’t be able to get health care, so it’s rationing by merit!

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  1. DrDick says:

    The Republican vision of a “just world” is one where the rich have everything and the poors (everyone else) have to beg for crumbs and do what they are told.

  2. TT says:

    You mean insurance companies will make out like bandits not just as they traditionally have, by screwing the poor and middle class, but now they’ll get the added treat of doing it to the elderly en masse as well? I guess we can’t accuse the GOP of not having its priorities straight. Well, at they’re Serious and they Have A Plan.

  3. I don’t know if was Digby or someone she was quoting, but a year or so ago she pointed out that when Ronald Reagan, blessed be his name, started dismantling the government of California, the reactionary middle class people who voted for lower taxes and less services figured he was just going to be taking stuff from spoiled kids and ungrateful minorities. Fast forward forty years and it’s the middle class, including a lot of elderly people who voted for Proposition 13 in their younger years, having their health care slashed out of existence and seeing their roads disintegrate.

    Now that same pattern is playing out nationally. Come November, a solid majority of 50+ year olds are going to vote for Ryan-Romney on the theory that those trustworthy looking white boys will only take stuff away from other people, not them. The difference is that these people won’t have to wait decades to see their benefits get immolated in favor of tax cuts worth pennies on the dollar to them. Much as I enjoy schadenfreude, that won’t even be close to worth it.

  4. howard says:

    i know the point you’re trying to make, but “rationing” isn’t the right term here any market-based economic transaction involves rationing: that’s the point of the pricing mechanism, to align supply and demand (that’s why the correct response when right-wingers complain that obamacare is going to “ration” medical services is “what do you think is happening right now? only it’s private insurance companies doing the rationing!”).

    as krugman writes in the column you link to, what we’re talking about here is voucherizing, which is to say, we would be moving from a “defined benefit” to a “defined contribution” plan that will be insufficient for most people.

    • DrDick says:

      It is indeed “rationing” (limiting access to a resource) based on the ability to pay for it (which is actually central to capitalism and why it is antithetical to democracy).

  5. Sherm says:

    Yet, I heard this morning that a CNN/ORC International poll has Obama leading Romney 49 percent to 48 percent on who would best handle Medicare and that an ABC News/Washington Post poll has Romney leading 45 percent to 42 percent.

    It’s amazing how effective well-financed lies can be when the media doesn’t do its job.

  6. Jesse Levine says:

    Don’t worry. This weekend Fearless Leader toughly promised to compromise with them after the election.

  7. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    The GOP is in the forefront of innovative uses of rationing.

    They’ve been rationing the same 100 IQ points among their leadership for DECADES now.

  8. Kurzleg says:

    I know you’re just bringing the snark, Scott, but you’d find an overwhelming majority of GOPers agreeing with that statement.

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