|For those of you who don't follow politics carefully
||[May. 22nd, 2011|07:18 pm]
So, the House of Representatives voted on this bill. Among other things, it puts forth a plan to take the old-age medical insurance plan we have in this country - the federal government pays for the doctor bills - and turns it into a voucher plan, where old folks will get a voucher to try to buy private insurance. Because, you know, medical insurance companies *love* selling policies to old people!|
More importantly, the amount of that voucher - I'm sorry, it's not a "voucher", it's "premium support". Because "premium support" polls better. Except... see...
That *voucher* increases with the rate of GDP - how much stuff the US produces. And insurance costs have risen *much* faster than this. The whole notion of premium support is to have the "support" rise with the costs. So, yes, it's not premium support. It is a voucher program
In fact, best estimates say that what the plan would do is save money for the government, by shifting the costs to the elderly. Basically, rather than the government paying 2/3rds of costs, the government will end up paying about 1/3rd of costs. And that's the big savings.
This is, of course, a "brave" and "bold" plan. Because, see, eventually, Medicare will get really expensive, and this plan is saying "rather than reform Medicare, let's just make them the problems of the elderly, rather than the government."
And that is *brave* because... well... because... um.
Oh, right. It's not popular; and someone could lose their cushy job as a legislator and have to take a cushy job as a lobbyist instead. Which, you know, is *scary* and taking that risk is really *brave*.
An old guy - the same old guy who said "we have to stop calling our opponents 'decent people with whom we disagree' and instead call them anti-family, anti-American, etc." made a very obvious, very sensible comment. He said that this is a huge, radical change, and that it's a really bad idea.
He learned that his disciples had learned their lesson well. They trashed him good, because he was their enemy. He has now said that, oh, gosh, it's a *great* plan. And, in all seriousness, said that anyone who quotes him is spreading a falsehood.
And... well. His campaign also released this. (His campaign didn't do the drawings, which is a shame... the drawings really make the statement *pop*.)
Both the people who put forth the plan, and then loon who criticized it, and then insisted that his criticism (if quoted) becomes a falsehood, and is now blessing it, are considered serious people (or, if you're aware of the meme, "Very Serious People"), worthy of news coverage and a place at the table where national policy is decided.
This nation is suffering from a severe leadership deficit.