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Just Like "Job Creators" Is Code For "Rich People", "Strengthen and Preserve" Is GOP Code For "Kill Medicare"

Updated on August 19, 2012

You're Gonna Get Tired Of "Strengthen and Preserve"

Romney and Ryan, the GOP Dream Team, have received their latest vocabulary list from Frank Luntz, the GOP wordmaster. Luntz has prepped them with the code words that will sell the American electorate. By the time voters (the few that are still allowed to vote) realize that GOP campaign language is code, it may be too late.

How long did it take America to realize that the phrase "Job Creators" meant only the wealthy? When Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine said, "The only real job creators are consumers", I thought that Republicans would lose their lunch. Republicans prayed to their GOP God, hoping that no one heard Vanden Heuvel, because for years now, they have been insisting that the "Job Creators" are the wealthy and that we must protect "Job Creators" by lowering their taxes. Of course if you buy the line that the wealthy are all job creators, you haven't cracked the code. You must have also missed the fact that we have lowered taxes for the wealthy, and yet, where are all the jobs that these "Job Creators" were going to create?

Ask Romney and Ryan that question and they will tell you that for this to work, we must cut taxes for the wealthy even more. Romney and Ryan are hoping you won't notice that they plan to cut taxes for the wealthy to the tune of an additional $5 TRILLION. It doesn't matter whether the wealthy create jobs or not. If people are wealthy, they deserve a social safety net and must be taken care of. Ryan's budget plan would bring his Presidential running mate, Mitt Romney's federal income tax liability down to less than 1%.

While Bush didn't pay for his tax cuts, Romney and Ryan plan to pay for theirs by eliminating the deductions and exemptions that middle class taxpayers have depended on for years and according to the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institution, would cost middle class families an additional $2000 per year. The Tax Policy Center assumed that one of the deductions eliminated would be the mortgage deduction and the Romney folks cried foul. No, they had not said that, but what other deductions could they be planning to eliminate? They won't tell. The details have to remain secret, you know...Just trust them!

Romney and Ryan are convinced that we can afford more tax cuts for the wealthy. They are even more convinced that we can't afford Medicare, so they are going to "Strengthen and Preserve" Medicare.

From Mitt's own website:

Key Elements of Mitt's Plan

  • Nothing changes for current seniors or those nearing retirement.
  • Medicare is reformed as a premium support system, meaning that existing spending is repackaged as a fixed-amount benefit to each senior that he or she can use to purchase an insurance plan.
  • All insurance plans must offer coverage at least comparable to what Medicare provides today.
  • If seniors choose more expensive plans, they will have to pay the difference between the support amount and the premium price, if they choose less expensive plans, they can use any leftover support to pay other medical expenses like co-pays and deductibles.
  • "Traditional" fee-for-service Medicare will be offered by the government as an insurance plan, meaning that seniors can purchase that form of coverage if they prefer it, however, if it costs the government more to provide that service than it costs private plans to offer their versions, than the premiums charged by the government will have to be higher and seniors will have to pay the difference to enroll in the traditional Medicare option.
  • Lower income seniors will receive more generous support to ensure that they can afford coverage; wealthier seniors will receive less support.
  • Competition among plans to provide high quality service while charging low premiums will hold down costs while improving the quality of coverage enjoyed by seniors.

Do you understand the code words in Mitt's Plan? Pull out your GOP decoder rings, but first remember that Romney/Ryan will repeal the Affordable Care Act on Day 1.

  • Without the Affordable Care Act, current seniors will again fall victim to the costly doughnut hole AND will have to pay out of pocket for now free preventive care. Perhaps most important, the code really means: This plan is so bad that if we try to impose it on anyone currently, or soon to be on Medicare, we will lose the election. Dare I say that if Paul Ryan's own mommy thought for one minute that her son would do this to her, she would vote for Obama!
  • Medicare becomes a voucher system and you will be allowed a certain amount of money every year to buy an insurance plan and with all of your pre-existing conditions now able to be considered, good luck!.
  • All insurance plans have to provide some of what Medicare offers now. We can't tell you what coverages will have to be offered. Maybe cancer treatment, maybe heart disease treatment, maybe not, we haven't figured it out yet and don't want to be accused of having 'death panels'.
  • Regular Medicare will still be offered, especially for those who have pre-existing conditions, but if it costs more than we think it should to treat you, it's on your dime! Considering what you make on Social Security, you will only have dimes to cover any differences. Not enough dimes? Hope your family has taken some first aid courses!
  • Lower income seniors will get a few dollars more, but all estimates say that out of pocket cost to seniors will be at least $6000 per year. According to the Social Security Administration, the average Social Security payment is $1230.00 per month. So, subtract $500.00 per month from that to pay for your Medicare and---you have nothing left to live on.
  • Competition between private insurance companies is going to bring down the cost of your policy. Truth be told, of all the lies, that is perhaps the biggest. There is no evidence to suggest that private carriers will reduce the costs of policies. They will pick and choose the healthiest patients and the rest?

So Bold!

Romney and Ryan are so bold! If I have to hear that one more time, I may be the one to lose my lunch!

It is bold, I guess, to plan more tax cuts for the wealthy while at the same time planning to shaft the elderly.

It is bold, I guess, to proclaim your love of country and the Constitution as your party persists in its efforts to suppress and block the vote, while pretending that you are only doing so to stop some non-existent epidemic of voter fraud .

It is bold, I guess, to use as one of your talking points every single day that this country's poverty level is shameful, while at the same time plotting to destroy Medicaid, food stamps and education subsidies for the needy.

It is bold, I guess, to claim that the very institutions that brought this country to its knees in 2008 don't need to be regulated.

So bold!


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    ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

    I also made a typo in my first comment.

    It was not $750 million but $716 BILLION dollars that Obamacare is stealing from Medicare.

    At the same time, none of this affects the government employees including congress. The reason is that they don't need Medicare they have their own health benefits for Federal Employee Health Benefit plan.

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    ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


    Democrats created both Social Security and Medicare.

    Both parties in congress have misused the trust fund for non SS and Medicare use. This caused the size of the trust not to be increased sufficiently to pay for the expected beneficiaries of these TAX programs.

    At the same time, congress has given the government employees high priced salaries, excellent benefits, defined benefits pensions, healthcare, and early retirement. They continue to increase the size and scope of the government, creating more government employees. This in turn increases taxes to pay for this expansion.

    Then congress blames the people that they forced into SS and Medicare for having the gall to live long enough to get the benefits.

    The democratic government created this budget liability, and both parties bankrupted it, so why shouldn't they take the blame for its failure.

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    Cape Wind Girl 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA


    still hiding 32 Trillion offshore.

    Found any of it yet?

    That's your missing economy."

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    Cape Wind Girl 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

    Me too mio cid. There are only a couple of right-wingers who will allow me to comment. And I appreciate them. Because one time someone was honest with me, and actually said that when he was nice to me---his hub score went down!

    Maybe there's a left-wing clique that does that too? I don't know, but I know there's a right -wing one!

    And I can feel their hostility towards me. Maybe you feel it too.

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    mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

    @ frog ,What you are saying to lovemychris is not true, you remove people who comment on your hubs that disagree with you , you did it to me a couple of times so i just don't bother to comment on your hubs.

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    Cape Wind Girl 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

    Thank you Jillian. You are a rare bird here at HP.

    frog:"I remove comments when you personally attack either myself or other users."

    I don't personally attack users, unless they attack me 1st. I attack ideas and public figures behind those ideas. And I'm well aware I'm persona non-grata. Don't you worry--I have been very well neutered here. You should be happy.

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    Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Frog,

    I did read your link and was aware of the 3.8% Medicare tax on investment income. I guess it comes down to this, for me, at least: If we find value in providing any government programs, they have to be paid for. If we want to go to war, we have to pay for it. If we want schools, we have to pay for them. As for double taxation, the idea is nothing new. We all pay double or even triple taxes on everything. You pay your federal income taxes, then you pay sales taxes, then you pay state income taxes, the very wealthy pay estate taxes on things that have already been taxed, etc. etc. It comes down to what programs we value and if we value them, we pay for them.

    Maybe that is a way too simplistic way to look at it, but that is the way I feel. For example, I don't mind paying more taxes for education (even though I have no kids in school), I don't mind paying more taxes for kids to eat, I don't mind paying more taxes for people to have Medicare or Medicaid-- we differ in our priorities and what we think is worth paying for.

    If we value medical care in this country, we have to pay for it. I see outrageous hospital bills every day- you have no clue- let me ask you this: I am assuming (I may be wrong, but don't think so) that you are pro-life. The most recent bill for a baby born at 20 weeks was (for the first month, he is still in the hospital) $2.5 million. The baby is on Medicaid because his parents' private insurance will not cover his costs, and together they make a little over $55,000 per year. Do you think we should, as a nation, pay to save that baby? I do.

    I will keep the faith, and I know that many think that because I am a liberal hack that I have no faith, but I do. I believe in God and I believe in the power of prayer--I am gonna hang in there, God willing!

    Dear H,

    I am deeply concerned about the GOP Medicare plan. It is an effort to get rid of Medicare and even if it isn't, it will destroy the program.

    Dear Ginger Ruffles,

    You are welcome! I welcome you- we will never all agree on everything, but that is the beauty of America- We can speak and be heard!

    Dear lovemychris,

    No worries! I will never take your postings down! Keep 'em coming!

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    Howard Schneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Well said, Jillian. Romney and Ryan will make Medicare a voucher system that will not come close to being enough for seniors. Insurance companies will raise their rates incredibly high because of the risks making them virtually uninsurable. Ryan wants to kill medicare. His bringing his Mom out to defend his plan is also offensive.

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    Ginger Ruffles 5 years ago

    Thanks for the lesson in decoding Jillian! This is the first hub of yours I've read but I will definately be reading some more.

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    The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

    lovemychris - I remove comments when you personally attack either myself or other users. I will continue to do do. Your lack of professional courtesy is what will get you removed. I encourage constructive debate and factual comments, not what I usually see from you. You have become "persona non grata" on more Hubs than mine.

    Jillian - Hope you're doing as well as can be expected. Hang in there and keep the faith.

    The Frog

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    Cape Wind Girl 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

    It's funny that frog complains, as he removes every comment of mine on his hubs :)

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    Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA


    I don't take your comments down, I just got home from work and had not looked at my computer all day. In the last comment I made, I explained that I will not allow threatening comments on either side---not anything like you write, because you don't do that--but there are people who decide to threaten the lives of our politicians-Last month it was all of the top Republicans- Cannot take a chance of stuff like that getting through- reported that one to the FBI- As for your comments, haven't read your links yet, but I will, and then will respond- We can and always disagree- but that doesn't mean I will censor you.

    I also had hubs that HubPages demanded that I take down comments....

    So, after I relax a little, will get to your links---

    By the way, thank you for your very kind words about my health problems. Really, I appreciate it more than you know!

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    The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

    Jillian - Really? Why not try the truth? I have posted two comments which I read after posting them. Where did they go? Lets not be too hypocritical when you post something controversial. Or do you just want to read echo chamber answers?

    I quote you from above:

    Dear junko,

    "I approve my comments prior to posting."

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    The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

    FACTS seem to bother you Jillian. Seems anytime anyone disagrees with you and can back themsleves up with FACTS their post disappears. It's called censorship in most circles.

    So lets try reading this:

    The Frog

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    The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

    FACT - Medicare has to be reformed to survive. FACT - Entitlements need to be reformed in order for our economy to survive. Common sense can go a long way rather than partisan statements about code words.

    The Frog

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    Cape Wind Girl 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

    John Kerry has been saying for decades that American people should have the same plan the fed employees do. But he's a "liberal" (Jaws music), and a dirty commie, isn't he?

    President Obama is really for single payer, and tried to get a public option.....OPTION......into the mix, but it didn't fly.

    Medicare for all would work....but then: how would the insurance company ceo's make 53 mil a year?

    In America, it all comes down to money and religion. That is what needs to end.

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    ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

    This is just another attempt to distract the people from voting on why Obama has such a dismal record in office, both as a Senator and and as a President.

    He spent his last two years as Senator campaigning for the presidency, and he spent this year campaigning, and going to over 175 fund raisers, played over 100 games of golf, and he excuse for not meeting publicly with his job panel for over six months was that he was too busy.

    How can that much campaigning leave room for doing his job as president.

    As for Obamacare, Obama is stealing over 750 million dollars from Medicare, saying Obama care will make it up by reducing the fees paid by Medicare. This becomes a problem for seniors that try to find doctors that will even take Medicare.

    Enough with the distractions, Medicare is needed by the seniors, but the government always thought of it as a TAX revenue. Both parties took the Tax Revenue, and for at least forty years the Medicare system has been plagued by FRAUD.

    As for the wealthy, do you know who doesn't need SS and Medicare? The government employees, congress and the president of the United States. The reason that they don't need it is that they have their own benefits systems.

    Why is that not a topic here?

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    Sooner28 5 years ago

    I agree with you. It's not bold at all to pander to the powerful who already have a disproportionate influence on our government.

    It's amazing how far the Republican party has come. Eisenhower's words are ominously prophetic, and comes close to completely describing the current GOP. If he would've added homophobic, he would've been completely accurate.

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    Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

    Dear junko,

    I approve my comments prior to posting. Last month got a comment from some nut who decided that he wanted to exercise his second amendment rights as far as the GOP was concerned. I don't like the GOP, but don't want to see that stuff in print.

    People can be fooled by words, especially if they do nothing to inform themselves but watch the Tea Party channel. Hopefully in November, people will remember that we are all in this thing called life, together. Have to have each others backs and actually help each other.

    Dear mio cid,

    You are absolutely correct! The GOP has always hated any and all forms of a social safety net.

    Dear Terry,

    Medicare Advantage bonuses of $900 to $1200 per enrollee were being paid by the government to the private insurers every year. The Affordable Care Act cut those bonuses. Ten million enrollees X $1000 = $10 BILLION a year and Romney/Ryan want to continue paying the bonuses...

    Dear peoplepower73,

    Quite simply, yes, if your plan costs more, you will be the one paying and as far as encouraging people to find policies suitable to their needs is just a sneaky way of saying, "If you can't afford it, you can't have it. Too bad, so sad."

    Dear lovemychris,

    Snake oil is a good way of putting it. And we certainly have to be more attentive to the wealthy than a hungry or sick kid. As a nation, we should be embarrassed.

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    junko 5 years ago

    Jillian I hope that the lack of comments or agreement to your hub is just fear and not that the people are fooled by words. Here on hubpages as in society many American are afraid that if they openly support liberals or liberal ideas they may be called liberal lovers by their their conservative friends and family. I hope that in private in November they come out the closet and vote for the job and healthcare needers. I'll be glad when the voting is done and either way it goes I will continue to live until I die.

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    mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

    Frank Luntz has told the republicans what words to use in order not to scare voters and they are following it to a tee.But in reality they still have pledged to destroy Social Security which they see as an economic cancer created by FDR and end medicare and medicaid which they despise because it was created by implemented by Johnson and part of the great society which they hate just as much as the New Deal.

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    Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley


    They also plan on continuing the expensive medicare advantage plan overpayments. That way medicare will go insolvent sooner. They look after the insurance companies and not the public.

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    Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

    Excellent article. I printed out the 65 page Ryan Plan. It's a small booklet. The first 34 pages bash Obama and Obama Care. This is straight from his plan. The last sentence is my question about the plan.

    "For Health Care Reform, Ryan's plan uses a Refundable Credit for Health Insurance Coverage. And provides a flat, refundable income tax credit for individual and family purchase of health insurance. The credit may not be used by those enrolled in Medicare or a military health coverage plan.

    The tax credit equals $2,300 for individual tax filers and $5,700 for joint filers and families.The credit is refundable, and therefore available to low-income persons with no tax liability. Credit also is “advanceable,” enabling individuals to purchase coverage at the beginning of a year, rather than waiting for their tax returns.

    The payment will be made directly to the health plan designated by the individual, allowing those who use the health care to choose the insurance that best suits their needs. Any individual who obtains health coverage that costs less than the credit will receive any leftover amount as a payment from the health plan, to be used for other health expenses. Alternatively, those who choose to purchase policies with premiums higher than the credit will assume responsibility for the additional amount themselves. This will encourage individuals to shop for policies best suited to their needs, at the best prices; and as a result, every American will play a role in restraining health insurance premiums, and enhancing the quality of health care services." Does this mean if your bill is higher than $2,300 or $5,700 that the balance is paid by the consumer out of pocket?

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    Cape Wind Girl 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

    Obama is right to call it snake oil. And I mean that in many ways ;) Sense of entitlement is what gets if we have nerve even to try something different.

    I mean--their policies work for like 0.001% of Americans and others.....isn't that enough?

    I'm glad Ike said it first. Stupid on a stick.