Thursday, April 07, 2011

Eliminating Medicare for the Elderly

By Margaret Flowers, M.D.
April 7, 2011

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, unveiled two proposals this week which if enacted would constitute a mortal threat to our nation’s health – particularly to the health of our seniors and our most vulnerable populations.

Read on.


rosemerry said...

I wonder who "Rep." Paul represents. I wonder if he would be willing to give up his generous healthcare benefits from his job? How many of his children have been sent to war in Iraq, Afghanistan or to the hundreds of bases the US owns? The USA is the only developed country without an inclusive system for health care, and many much poorer countries also have good systems, so "Rep" Paul wants to make the Mercan situation even worse and less equitable.

rosemerry said...

Sorry for the misnaming of Paul Ryan as Rep Paul.

Peter Loeb said...


The coverage for all of us should
include all of us: "MEDICARE FOR

Different nations have different
methods of financing health care.
Health care is not "cheap".

Many democratic nations choose
their methods of financing
according to the will of their

I was born in Manhattan. I have
also lived under other systems
such as the Swedish universal
health care system.

In one way or another, taxes
pay for the cost of healthcare.
In Sweden the choice is
PROGRESSIVE taxation which means that the more a taxpayer earns,
the more he/she pays...not
specifically for health care alone
but for the many benefits together
for one is eligible.

The cost per hospital visit can be
considered a "token" cost. It
is small. I last heard that it
has gone up, as has the cost of
healthcare. Recently, it was equal to the price of going to a film
in Stockholm. It does not totally fund health. It guarantees that, rich or poor, if one needs health care cost will never be a concern.

If you have athsma, you will be
eligible or, as we say, "covered".

If you have cancer, you need not fear either for the cost.

There is no payoff to the medical-
industrial complex for their advertising and profits.

I have epilepsy and take medication
to control it. While in Sweden I
never paid for a single pill.

The Swedish system may not be any
"answer" for Americans. There is
no "one size fits all".

When you are willing to pay (through taxes) for your neighbor's
cancer, you will begin to accept
your full responsibility for
your neighbor's well-being.

Even if you don't have cancer yourself!

(Incidently, I also have cancer.
Several flavors.)

Of course, there are other places
to save money. Our defense
expenditures which feed defense
contractors and kill others are
a good example.

By the way, Sweden does indeed have
military expenditures.


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