In the 1992 presidential campaign, James Carville’s motivational meme “It’s the economy, stupid.” perfectly encapsulated the key issue of the election. In 2012 “It’s unsustainable, tuip”. You may not like the Romney/Ryan plans for dealing with our unsustainable spending, debt and entitlements, but at least it is a substantive plan and they are willing to talk about it during this campaign. If the Democrats and the Obama administration have a sustainable fiscal plan for the United States government I don’t know what it is, and they sure seem reluctant to talk about putting anything meaningful on the table. The easiest thing for the President to do would be to embrace the Simpson-Bowles plan. It was his commission. It was his idea. If the 2012 presidential election comes down to a choice between a candidate with a serious plan to get us out of this morass vs. a candidate that appears to ignore it – the man with the plan wins.
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Add this to the list of reasons why I don’t understand Romney picked Ryan. Romney needs Florida or it’s over for him. And he has built up a lot of good will between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio’s influence down there. But Paul Ryan wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system. And Floridians aren’t [...]
This generational Ponzi scheme, like all Ponzi schemes, will work only as long as enough new suckers can be found to “invest” so that the older “investors” can cash out. The Greatest Generation kicked off the con with Social Security and added Medicare, but they understood the game. They made a lot of babies – the Boomers – so it is/was relatively easy for us to pay off their benefits. We Boomers expanded Medicare and added prescription benefits, but we’ve barely made enough Gen-X babies to pay for it. Still, thanks to the Millennials, it looks like we may squeak through and get most of our payoff. The Milliennials can take credit for piling on the additional Obamacare benefits, as they are the ones that elected him. But they are just not making enough babies to have any hope of securing their entitlements from the next generation. Suckers.
The CBO confirms what they’ve already said in the past. However, the SCOTUS ruling has the potential to hurt folks in the red and purple states. This from The New Republic: The Congressional Budget Office just published a newly updated estimate of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the budget. The estimate largely [...]
This just in from Drudgereport: SUPREME COURT RULES: Mandate survives as a tax… Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court… The Medicaid provision is limited but not invalidated… ‘Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do [...]
From the graphic: “We all think of the hospital as the place to go to get better. But hospitals in the United States are making people sicker at alarming rates. Between overtired interns, germ-covered doctors, and haphazard record keeping, you might find yourself in more trouble than you were when you checked in.“ Tweet
Medical Paperwork is something that not a lot of people really talk about, nor research all that much. It doesn’t surface as something that seems like it would be an issue as large as it is, but if there’s one thing Americans agree on, it’s that the cost of health care is absurd. Medical costs [...]
We all knew this would happen sooner or later, but Romney seems to be finally throwing his Massachusetts healthcare plan under the bus. ABC takes a look at the upcoming speech: Former Massachusetts Governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will outline his approach to health care reform in Michigan Thursday, announcing a plan [...]
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Rick Ungar digs up an argument ender for the idea that the Founders would never be in favor of mandated health care. They were…because they passed a VERY similar law in the 6th Congress. Rick…take it away… In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief [...]