Richard (RJ) Eskow: Four Republican Medicare Secrets … and a $600 Billion Funeral

The Republicans are demanding $600 billion in Medicare cuts over the next ten years. Their only concrete proposal is to deny Medicare coverage to Americans during what is now their first two years of eligibility, at ages 65 and 66. But their official offer isn’t even that specific. It just throws out that figure: $600 billion. But you can’t get there from here.At least you can’t do it their way – not without causing enormous hardship, and not without costing the public twice as much from other sources as would be saved in government spending.In fact, there are only two paths to $600 billion in savings. One’s macabre and morbid,and is offered here only to make as a Swiftian “modest proposal.” The other would take a chunk out of corporate profits.Read More…

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Richard (RJ) Eskow: Four Republican Medicare Secrets … and a $600 Billion Funeral


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