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