Opinion

The Left’s Mediscare Nonsense Flops

By Jedediah Bila

It looks like the Left’s Mediscare nonsense is flopping. Why? Because seniors aren’t stupid.

The Washington Post revealed today that “A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 41 percent of Americans view the new GOP vice presidential nominee favorably, while 37 percent rate him unfavorably — slightly improved from last week’s polling. Among seniors, though, the numbers are even better for Ryan: 50 percent favorable and 35 percent unfavorable.”

In other words, seniors didn’t fall for the whole Ryan look-alike throwing Granny off a cliff ordeal. Nor did they buy into the Obama camp’s demonization of Ryan as someone who wants to “kill Medicare.”

Seniors recognize that Ryan’s proposal protects current and soon-to-be seniors from changes that would alter the planning they built their retirement around.

They know that “Medicare as we know it” will be insolvent by 2024 if reform is neglected.

Seniors aren’t impressed with Obama’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, an unaccountable board of bureaucrats that will open the door to health-care rationing in the name of cost control.

And, perhaps most importantly, seniors aren’t afraid of injecting some competition into the system for their children and grandchildren, knowing full well that competition yields improvements in both cost and quality of care.

When it comes to seniors, the Left always forgets one important fact: Those are grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, moms, and dads. Sure, seniors want to protect themselves–and they should. But they always have one eye on the future, knowing full well that the young people they love most will be jeopardized by an unwillingness to reform programs that are already broken.

So if the Obama camp was counting on seniors to blindly follow their deceitful spin, so far it looks like they are out of luck.

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Petra

My main concern about Obama is WHAT WILL HE DO AS A LAME DUCK PRESIDENT? He’s already lawless, what if he chooses NOT to leave the job? I wouldn’t put it past him to ignore the voters, just like he’s done throughout the 3 1/2 years he’s served himself.

Jeff

While not strictly on Obamacare, the movie “2016” puts Obama’s actions in context. Much worse than a different philosophy between liberals and conservatives. Please see it– and point anyone who is undecided or for Obama to it. This time we must get the public to understand who Obama is and what his motives are.

BobK

I worked on software for a state medicaid system (thru a private contractor). I can tell you that the costs are unbelieveable – in just that state alone claims were paid in the millions each week. Our software had to process a claim in less than a second, since the need was for 25,000 claims per hour – that would allow the daily requirement to finish in a day. Most of the processing was due to all the regulations, but also to prevent the abuse of the system. And I would also like to mention that independent contractors were hired since state workers were incapable of doing it themselves.
That’s just one state- multiply that by 50 – add medicare processing by the feds – it’s out of control, and BOcare will produce a nightmare.
Getting rid of HIPAA, and tort reform will go a long way towards improving healthcare.

JW

I do agree w/Mary Robson when she says its the cost that needs reformed they are totally out of control when a non profit. hospital charges 6.00$ for an tyleno, and my heart doc. wants 900.00$ for an apointment that I will be seen for a max. of 10 min., just to get a refill for my meds that he said I need to take for the rest of my life.As for Mr. Ed Hahn we can only hope he stays in hong kong the rest of his life,and that his absentee ballets gets lost in the mail.

mike

the problems with health care are many. Seniors use to be able to belive at least half of what they were told. In this day the liberal press prints every lie the demoncrats spew. Costs are skyrocketing because congress refuses to even consider tort reform, Doctors refuse to manage their own and get rid of the quacks. the health care industry are trying to recoup the cost before all of obamacares taxes and laws take effect. obama has flushed us dowh the toilet and is making all kinds of money of his BS. The people of this country won’t awake fron their coma until someone steps on the oxygen tube.

Mary Robson

I am an RN and just had to have a potentially life threatening procedure done. I am responding to the man who was for Japan health care over ours.

The staff of medical people who did my procedure could NOT have been any more professional or competent or nice so I first hand experienced AMERICAN health care and defend it as excellent. There are of course exceptions but for the most part I would chose no other over ours.

WAKE UP- it is out of control COSTS, not health care that is the problem.

william

While people are rightfully concerned with defeating Obama in November there has been little written about a plan B in case he garners enough votes to get four more years to completely destroy the free enterprise system and turn us into socialized peasants.It is imperative that the republicans gain control of both the senate and the house.While Obama will use executive privalege to it’s full extent we can minamize the damage if he can’t get enough votes to make his socialist agenda the law of the land.Trust me when I say that there are enough misguided souls in this country to guarantee that removing Obama from office is in no way a certainty.While we all should do everything in our power to get rid of him we should also look to a scenario that blocks his socialist ambitions just in case the voting public is crazy enough to give this… Read more »

Ladd Prier

Earlier today I tried to post a critique of Obamacare but I guess it had too much reality for AMAC because it disappeared. And I’m a member of AMAC. There must be a progressive democrat doing moderation. Idiots! China WILL be your health care insurer before you know whats happening.

Paul

With a little luck, Obamma will be defeated. BUT, if he loses, he and his cohorts will do their utmost to do as much damage as they can in the lame duck session following his defeat. That could almost be as bad as him being re-elected. We can only hope a bunch of true blue CONSERVATIVES get elected, as opposed to a bunch of RINOs, and that the House will fight tooth and nail against the liberals until the good people can take over in January.

John E Nevola

It’s the Grandkids, stupid!

George Michaud

The left, Obama and Biden are so out of touch with the struggling Americans in our country that its a joke. Jedidiah has it right and this is a great article.

Maximus58

Any Washington Post-ABC News political poll isn’t worth a bucket of spit.

Wanda

Seriors arn’t stupid?
I don’t know, For years as a large voting block they have fallen for the lies spewed by the Democrats. Greedy Seniors thought of themselves only, ignored common sense and voted Dems. into office.
Seniors were a stepping stone the Democrats used to gain power and now that they have control they Install Obamac are.
Remember the Republicans were told to “go to the back of the bus.” Obamacare is the best the Democrats could come up with.
Raiding Medicare, cutting programs, rationing care and death panels are the results of stupid voters.

It’s not just Obama it’s the entire Democratic Party that has been corrupted and needs to be removed from government.
If seniors arn’t stupid they will vote out the Senators that put together and exempted themselves from this atrocity!

John Hutchinson

Somewhat off the ‘Deflect de Jour’ tactics of the Left,my astute advice for our VP’s preparation for his upcoming debate with Paul Ryan….”Joe,forget the ‘Wax On, Wax Off’ thing…….do the 3 letter maneuver & take the DIVE !!!! “

David

Paul Ryan brings the financial and communicative know-how to the campaign such that people understand the benefits of his and Romney’s direction over the trie and tired ways of Obama and Biden.

Ed Hahn

As usual, those of you that support this politicized organization are the ones being flim-flammed. Those of you who call our medical care the best in the world must have never traveled outside the U.S. or closed your eyes when you were traveling. I live in Hong Kong whose medical system makes the U.S. look like a third world country where only the well-to-do can afford care. You might also want to spend a night in an ER in a major city. I did. Spent 6 hours on a gurney in a hallway. Saw a Doctor twice for about a minute each time and the nurse three times so she could plug in the liquid I needed. The bill: US$1700. I have other personal experiences via my wife. And we have insurance. The same treatment here in a public hospital here would have cost US$13. In a private facility around… Read more »

S. Woods

Not only are Seniors ‘wise’ to the Obama flim-flam about Medicare but the Grandkids are realising that THEY will be paying and paying for something they will never be able to use. Our kids and Grands are being saddled with HUGE debt that will never pay off for them, their lives will be harder than ours.

bin

I think he’s proud of himself and he doesn’t need to show other image of him.
Whatever who will be the winner, we are togheter in this word and we must see our image and accept that we are

brian conway

JB. I’m Obama fatigued. There is nothing he or his can say to me that will in anyway change my mind. How many days left till this national nightmare is over? 75 or 76? It can’t come soon enough.

The Best. Keep it up!

BJC

WaltEly

The ENTIRE Obama campaign strategy is based on fear and smear. An emotion based strategy completely devoid of substance which is relying totally on Obama and Biden rhetoric! No real discussion of facts, real American issues or Obama’s record (of failed programs and criminal money loans and manipulation). Our truly REAL issues do not center around this countries medical care. Right now EVERYONE including illegal aliens has access to medical care … the best in the world available to everyone! What we do have is irresponsible spending, no budget, country crushing deficits, endless overseas war adventures that are doing us not one bit of good while costing American lives, money and world opinion. We have a jobs market which YOUR government is encouraging and supporting with tax dollars to move to China, a failing economy, a glut of illegal aliens the federal government only encourages, almost record unemployment and ridiculous… Read more »