Out of Pocket Medicare Costs Double Under Republican Mandate

May 20 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Well, I hope the Tea Partiers brought their wallets with them when they voted last fall! They’re gonna need them. Their Medicare costs are going to double in every state under the Republican plan and if they live in Florida, dig deep, our Any Randian friends. Dig deep. Floridians are going to pay an extra $7,383 in medical costs. Also, y’all didn’t need those preventative services like mammograms, right?

You know how much harder it is to catch cancer once it’s taken a firm hold, so by waiting, well heck, that just saves us all money from not having to save anyone who gets unlucky in the roulette game known as Republican healthcare. Sadly, this will take out non-Tea Partiers as well; aka, people who actually value the lives of their fellow citizens and aren’t so stingy and ignorant as to want “government out of their Medicare” and warning Democrats to “Don’t steal from Medicare to support socialized medicine.” How’s that working out for you, Tea Partiers?

The House of Representatives recently passed a Republican budget plan that would end Medicare’s role as a health insurance provider and would double the healthcare costs for the elderly in every state. Wow, way to go, boys! Ironically, their “solution” forces individuals to buy private health insurance. Yes, it’s a mandate…

AFL-CIO reports:

A new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) finds that annual out-of-pocket Medicare health care costs will more than double in every state for seniors turning 65 in 2022 under the Republican budget plan. Seniors living in Florida would be the hardest hit with a $7,383 jump in medical costs, the JEC estimates.

The report also shows that current Medicare beneficiaries will be harmed by the Republican budget, immediately losing preventive services such as mammograms and facing higher prescription drug costs. The Republican plan also would reopen the donut hole, the gap in Medicare Part D that had forced beneficiaries to pay 100 percent of their drug costs after they exceeded an initial coverage limit and until they qualified for catastrophic coverage.

One wonders just when the Tea Party is going to realize that their Tea Party candidates are stealing from Medicare to support socialization of the downside for corporations? Don’t look for this to happen any time soon. What is most important to the Tea Party is that they have their socialized medicine but you (evil, lazy liberal thug) do not.

Luckily for us, the smart voters of this great country didn’t trust the Senate or the White House with the Tea Party clowns, so this piece of Death Panel garbage will not see the light of day. Still, it’s important to acknowledge just where we would be without those sacred constitutional values like checks and balances against the crazy.

Thank you, founding fathers. You saw the Tea Party coming way back then, human nature being what it is.

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