by West Central Tribune
December 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm in West Central Tribune
WASHINGTON The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program’s obituary will be written before their own.
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Republican’s back in, gas prices soaring, wall street making profits, main street not so good. Repub’s fix on medicare, ship a few more jobs off shore then medicare will be alright.
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A few years ago it was Bush’s fault, now it’s the incoming Repub Congresses fault. Make up your mind!! Hmmm, gas was under $2 when Obama took over. Now it’s over $3. Those darn Repubs!!!
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… and the Republicans have not assumed power yet! Think of how bad it will all be next week! Lordy! Lordy! Bar the doors and bolt the windows!
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Be really interesting to see how far the bipartisanship goes in the next faceoff.
And it’s really strange how the Tea Party seems in bed with unions and all the rest of big business, all of a sudden.
Well, I suppose they got what they wanted, now it’s time to forget the rest?
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if you recall that under $2.00 gas was when we were in the recession under G.W. Bush. The oil companies had us down on our knees , begging for scraps. It was either lower the price or put us in a bigger depression than the 20′s.
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Your eyes are brown..right?
Why is it that no one talks about the $5/gallon gas anymore – was there some kind of beam that swept the US and erased everyone’s memory but mine?
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When generalissimo pres b o sat down on his THRONE in the Oval Office in the WHITE House. Social Security was . lets say, ’50-50′. As b o days grew into weeks, b o’s inexperience and lack of ability really started to pile up on us Americans. No jobs, No homes, No Loans, No nothing. With Americans and their highest unemployment , maybe ever (the number, not percent) the most ever not working. Therefore not paying S.S. taxes and causing close to bankruptcy of S.S. THEN the Brilliant thinking of B O , plus the Democrat majority leaders in Senate and House, harry r, , nancy p , along with the DNC decide in the back room to cut funding(TAX rate) to S.S. by close to 33%. In so doing, it will quicken the upcoming bankruptcy of S.S. (Medicare also) . No wonder this same bunch preaches in their sermons 24/7 that their Death Panel (aka end-of -life) is worth the time, money, effort, etc . to put in place and or practice —after all , we’re led to believe or buy that this new form (death panels) will lower the cost for Medicare, and by doing so , according to THEM(Democrats) will delay the bankruptcy of S,S. & Medicare. They ( b o and the democrats in power ) absolutely time and time again refuse to tell us if the delay, failure, bankruptcy, etc., of S.S. and Medicare will be prevented for days, weeks, or months. Any one out there know? AT my age, I’m interested . Have already experience obamacare’s death panel at the V.A. I first became aware of V.A. care in 1947. My comment , worked just fine for me and anyone I would guess all his years , till obamacare became the law of the land. Days being numbered is not the work, job, etc of Government , When he is done golfing , lets all ask him to give us back our health care that has worked for years and years, just great. Lets all TUIT
Sounds pretty socialist, harold. Where do you think YOUR healthcare is coming from?
What death panel at the VA, Harold?? Are you seriously saying that you walked into the VA, and someone told you that it was time to go in front of the death panel, because Obama said so?? (You really don’t believe that doctors have been counseling patients on end of life decisions for years and years? You know, a doctor had this conversation with my grandmother 10 years ago… and has it every year, to be sure her opinions and needs haven’t changed… that’s all Obama??)
‘splain yerself, lucy…
Funny how someone who’s been preaching fiscal conservatism is all up in arms when it affects him, isn’t it? Even when it doesn’t….
The “WHITE” house, harold? Care to explain why you wrote that all in caps?
I was wondering that, too – was hoping he had an explanation… but apparently not.
Don’t hold your breath. When challeged to acutally back up his claims with facts, dear Harold always seems to go silent for few days long enough to copy his past posts and repost them again on different threads.
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I’d love to see real citations on “death panels.” Double-dog-dare-ya!
FDA begins process to remove breast cancer indication from Avastin label
The FDAâ€™s restrictions on the drug Avastin are the beginning of a long slide toward health-care rationing
The healthcare law passed left most of the requirements to regulations being written by government bureaucrats. With that in mind, as long as you have bureaucrats writing the regulations as to what they want to be regulated, you can very well have – ” Grandma got run over by a reindeer” inserted into the regulations. ;<) Regardless of the regulations originally written into the bill, which were much less stringent and subsequently dropped, have been bypassed by the non vetted, recess appointed administrator of CMS, who has written the regulations, which are more stringent and will now be paid for by Medicare. Laws have to be passed by Congress but regulations can be written by bureaucrats and must be adhered to Suggest you do some research on Donald Berwick, current Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Might be interesting in what he believes should be regulation policy regarding healthcare.
I got run over by a reindeer? And here I was thinking that I got run over by the pharmaceutical industry which spends more on lobbying than research.
I thought I would invoke a little humor in reply to your post but you seem to be unable to decern that. Grandma, you make this very interesting for a person to debunk much of what you say. You probably are a grandma but are loose with your “facts”. FYI, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America organization spent $101.2 million on lobbying in 2009. Total spending by the pharmaceutical industry for research and development in 2009 was $105 billion, yes, that is billion. Would you like some barbeque sauce with that crow? ;<)
If you add the costs of lobbyists with the cost of advertising I think it trumps r&d.
Oh yes Grandma, I’m sure that makes up the other $104.89 B
Let’s see, the FDA finds that Avastin doesn’t do what it claims and may not be safe for use for breast cancer indications and that finding might lead to a “long slide toward health care rationing”? Spock says “that’s illogical captain” We have health care rationing right now: health care companies routinely deny coverage for anything that might hurt their bottom line, at least “Obamacare” eliminated the pre existing condition exclusion.
“as U.S. cities, states and the federal government sink into debt, it is difficult to believe a worldwide financial crisis that hammers governments, banks and bondholders alike can be long averted….”
“Financial analyst Meredith Whitney told “60 minutes” we can expect 50 to 100 cities and counties to default on their municipal bonds…. ”
“By Sept. 30, the U.S. government will have run three straight deficits of close to 10 percent of GDP….”
“as housing prices continue to fall across America, property tax revenue will fall.
The Feds are about to stop bailing out the states, and the states, on shortening rations, will stop bailing out counties, cities and towns.
We may be closer to the falls than we imagine.”
Still waiting for old harold to explain that “WHITE house” thing. Maybe it’s the people he fishes with? Sometimes the company you keep doesn’t really help the way people view you.
Maybe some people would be better advised to be concerned with the massive national debt and a complete economic meltdown not too far down the road.
And there are still some who concern themselves more with some poor soul in Glenwood, Minnesota who makes inappropriate comments. Priorities?
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Maybe some people would be better advised to be a little more particular as to who or what opinions they choose to defend? Especially comments by “some poor soul in Glenwood, MN who makes inappropriate comments”?
Just threw your old buddy right under the bus, didn’t you?
Of course, you are very well known for that.
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He is not my “buddy.” I don’t even know the man. I do know you and some others attack the man to no end.
How brave of you from behind that keyboard.
Oh, you know me? Well that sounds like some kind of personal threat, doesn’t it?
Perhaps if we could get prescription medications at the same price people just over the Canadian border can get them, costs would go down?
Not a bad idea, Grandma. Anything would be a help.
No, they would stop making new lifesaving drugs. Canadians pay less because they bargain with the drug manufacturers. It is about marginal cost, Grandma. Since we pay a fair price for our prescriptions, and then some, to cover the portion that single payer countries skip out on, Canadians get theirs cheaper than we do. The manufacturer sells to them at a profit because the costs associated with research and medical trials are considered sunk costs, and are recoverable in the U.S. market. So the only costs associated with the sale of Canadian drugs are the actual manufacture, packaging and shipping costs, which are a tiny portion of the aforementioned costs.
Perhaps if we mimicked the Canadian system, or if we sign up for Canadian prescriptions, then we would be able to get all the current pharmaceutical offerings for lower prices, however, new and important innovations would likely be a thing of the past.
There’s something wrong with volume discounts? Why can’t Medicare bargain with the drug manufacturers? Why should Americans pay for research and development and nobody else in the world? Just asking…
Grandman, this might give you a hint. “Critics of government regulation of drug prices argue that government-regulated limitations on a pharmaceutical companyâ€™s ability to turn a profit will remove the companyâ€™s incentive to invest in R&D. This concern is not unfounded.40 Canada experienced a drop of more than 50% in domestic drug research after it implemented price controls in the 1960s. A similar trend occurred in other countries following their introduction of price controls. In fact, in recent years, many companies have moved their R&D dollars to the United Statesâ€”a forum unbridled by price controls.” Her is a challenge – can you name any new drugs developed by manufacturers(non-American held companies) in other countries?
Good reply bobk. I also want to add that this is a classic example of a ‘guns and butter’ trade off. Essentially, we can take all of the wonderful innovation in medicine we’ve had up until now, and say, “This is all we need, let’s make it affordable now.” Or, we also have the option to continue the innovation into the future. We are simply deciding if we want to pay for future innovation or not.
Oh, and Grandma, that is a great point you raise. Why should Americans have to pay for research and development while Canada, or the UK, or many other countries have a free ride? I think that is a great point!
To bobk, this is true of all new inventions. Do your research everyone. Almost ALL new inventions were originally invented in the U.S. Our free market allows this to happen.
If we go the way of other countries, which is not separating government from our lives, I fear we will lose this amazing creative culture we’ve had in our incredibly innovative American existence.
Keeping big, big coporate power out of the government is important too. Because its big corporate power running the world right now. And they don’t have a conscious.
There have been some inventions of big government. Let’s not forget those slick new Mercury lightbulbs, oh and the Chevy Volt, a car that will drive for 40 miles, on a single charge. Just out of curiosity, I wonder what the range of the horse and buggy was?
The government doesn’t invent anything, it does provide grants to private individuals and companies to help them develop new technologies. the inventions you cite were all developed by private or corporate entities. BTW, the horse and buggy brought us from the revolution to the industrial age, that’s a long way, baby.
Boomers fear the republicans throwing them under the bus!
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