I’d just like to talk about specifically why raising the Medicare age is a very bad idea. … Really what it is is just a shift of cost from the federal government to employers, seniors, and states. And in fact — because Medicare is cheaper per beneficiary — it’s actually increasing cost. So a president who ran on lowering national healthcare cost — it was one of the reasons why we have the Affordable Care Act — if he does this, it’s actually going to increase the cost for everybody, it will raise national health expenditures and will cut off hundreds of thousands of seniors. And those seniors are the hardest to insure, so you’re actually raising the cost of the Medicare program, you’re shifting cost to employers because they’re going to have to cover some of these people, and it’s actually making us less competitive.
Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden on raising the Medicare eligibilty age, which has been floated as one of the possible deficit reduction proposals that may be included in a compromise between Republicans and President Obama. (via upwithchris
I’ve put forward a detailed plan that allows us to make [investments in economic recovery] while reducing our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. Now, I’m open to compromise and new ideas. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I will not ask students or seniors or middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people making over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. This was a central question in the election. And on Tuesday, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach – that includes Democrats, Independents, and Republicans.
Newsweek might need reminding that they lost a large chunk of their readership today, particularly those without consistent computer access or any computer access. This includes those who are homeless or low-income, seniors, folks who didn’t grow up learning how to use computers, etc. Not everyone sits on their iPad and reads Newsweek. People still rely on print. Can we stop shitting on these people? The all-digital future isn’t happening right this second.