Biden’s Health Care Plan Abandons Older Americans by Mark Weisbrot

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    • #288977
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      Biden has proposed a plan for health care reform that has quite literally left senior citizens out in the cold…

      His plan is basically an expansion of the ACA, or Obamacare. It proposes, for example, to increase the subsidies that the government will provide for people who buy private insurance under the program. It has also proposed a public option, run by the federal government, that people could buy into…

      When an American reaches the age of 65, he or she becomes eligible for Medicare. However, there are sizable gaps in the Medicare system that lower living standards for many senior citizens, and can even push them below the poverty line… Medicare does not pay for eyeglasses or hearing aids. It does not cover dental care. And it does not pay for long-term care. Although Medicaid… does pay for long-term care, it only does so after someone has depleted their life savings…

      Amazingly, the Biden plan doesn’t do anything to help seniors with any of these gaps in coverage under the current system. The only exception in Biden’s plan is his proposal for a non-refundable tax credit of $5,000 to pay for long-term care….

    • #288978
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Then there are those who didn’t, and will suffer anyway. Why anyone would believe this lying sack of shit boggles my mind.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower

      • #288984
        Two way street
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        Medicare for those ages 55 to 64 and to those unable to pay for Part B?  Biden mentioned Medicare for All would be phased in over 4 years at the March 15, Primary Debate.

        Why can Bernie not project into the future?  Joe is wanting to return to the Obama years which is not possible now.  Bernie is confused that voters want to go back instead they want to move forward with Obama’s 2008 Campaign promises and Bernie’s Plans.  Bernie should match the two for a better tomorrow.  Hillary won the popular vote in 2016.  Biden is winning the popular vote now but is losing to Bernie’s issues and Plans.  Too bad the popular vote is what counts in a Primary.


        2020 Campaign Season: We the People are in the fight for our lives and livelihoods.

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    • #288992
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      …and voters are choosing the candidate who promised to do NOTHING about the fucked up US health care system.

      In what universe does that make sense?

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

    • #288996
      Babel 17
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      No coincidence that Biden’s backers all have their comprehensive coverage.

    • #288999
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      When I saw or heard healthcare being talked about, seamed like Biden’s plan (or whatever it was he was talking) hardly got questioned. If was last debate, cant remember

    • #289194
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      to my surprise, although I picked a Medicare Rx plan that was more expensive and supposedly more comprehensive than the one recommended to me, it covers much less of the cost of my prescriptions than my old Obamacare insurance did.

      I’m spending a huge portion of my income on premiums and uncovered medical expenses, even though I’m relatively healthy.

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

    • #289276
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      “a Medicare Rx plan that was more expensive and supposedly more comprehensive than the one recommended to me”

      which was the one recommended to you & who recommended it & why didn’t you pick it?


    • #289369
      David the Gnome
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      Lack of education is what I blame most.  I don’t blame our educators for the most part – I blame those who tell them HOW they MUST educate.  Generally, political appointees and people way more comfortable in a board room than in a class room.  Then, of course, there is the mainstream media which lies to them, indoctrinates them, manipulates them.  Also important that we don’t leave out the DNC/RNC and multiple organizations everywhere they look that are constantly begging for their money.

      Oh I don’t doubt that there has been voter suppression, sleazy tactics, machine manipulation and so on – but if millennials and younger voters turned out in large enough numbers, it wouldn’t matter.  The public school system is failing, for a number of reasons – but mostly because educators do not run the show.  Also, it doesn’t help that they are severely underfunded, or that “education reform” in the form of charter schools has hurt them even more.  Yay for rich motherfuckers privatizing the shit out of everything.

      In a better educated and informed populace… Bernie would be winning by a landslide.  Sadly, we don’t have that.  We’ve got wealthy masters, lying, cheating, manipulating and ruthlessly stomping their way to the top.

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