I'm not surprised Larry would keep his promise. I might not always agree with his fiscal conservatism, but I agree that we don't improve healthcare in this country by taking away almost $400 billion in benefits from senior citizens. What are octogenarians to do? Go get jobs for the benies?
"From the day I announced my candidacy for this office, I promised to protect Medicare," Kissell said. "I gave my word I wouldn't cut it and I intend to keep that promise to the citizens of the Eighth District and the senior citizens of this nation. While I believe comprehensive health care and insurance reform is necessary, I cannot vote for H.R. 3962 in its current form, which cuts $399 billion from Medicare."
My goodness! He almost sounds like a liberal in that quote. I mean, literally a very well-known liberal.
Ted Kennedy on his triumphant return to Washington last summer to cast a vote to protect Medicare:
“I return to the Senate today to keep a promise to our senior citizens,” Mr. Kennedy said in a statement released by his office, “and that’s to protect Medicare. Win, lose or draw, I wasn’t going to take the chance that my vote could make the difference.”
We're going to have to reform Medicare and Social Security to meet future demands, but sacrificing $400 billion in benefits here and $200 billion there is not the way to do it.
I don't want to agree with him. I don't want the choice to be between healthcare reform and Medicare. I don't want to agree with him at all on this one, but I do.
The bill in the house stinks. House leadership gave away too much to Blue Dogs and Republicans - two groups that were never going to vote for the bill in the first place. Screw that and while you're at it screw the whole deficit neutral crap too. Healthcare pays for itself in ways the CBO can't measure. Healthy children do better in school and lead more productive lives. Parents of healthy children spend less time away from work and can be more productive workers. Small businesses can compete for employees and they can be more profitable.
Healthcare reform is vitally important but we shouldn't have to "steal" from 80 year olds to make it happen.