Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Obamacare means shortchanging the elderly but they'll be dead soon anyway

Obamacare grave diggers

Mickey Kaus spots my favorite shortcoming of the Obamacare plan to spend a trillion dollars to screw up US medical care:

Dick Morris is right twice a day, and this could be one of those times: If I were a Hill Democrat, I'd be very worried about this possible line of attack. ... It's a proven killer, and Obaman Dems, with all their talk of bending cost curves and denying treatments and  reducing Medicare spending by 30%, have rendered themselves wide open to it.

I tend to agree with Kaus about Dick Morris, but this time he is right on the money:

Obama’s health care proposal is, in effect, the repeal of the Medicare program as we know it. The elderly will go from being the group with the most access to free medical care to the one with the least access. Indeed, the principal impact of the Obama health care program will be to reduce sharply the medical services the elderly can use. No longer will their every medical need be met, their every medication prescribed, their every need to improve their quality of life answered.

It is so ironic that the elderly - who were so vigilant when Bush proposed to change Social Security - are so relaxed about the Obama health care proposals. Bush’s Social Security plan, which did not cut their benefits at all, aroused the strongest opposition among the elderly. But Obama’s plan, which will totally gut Medicare and replace it with government-managed care and rationing, has elicited little more than a yawn from most senior citizens.

I expect most of the senior citizens can't really believe it is happening and their favorite news sources on the TV networks sure aren't telling them nor are the erstwhile watchdogs at the AARP who are busy giving Obama a tongue bath. Besides senior citizens tend to vote Republican so killing them off is a double win for Obama because ACORN and the local Democrat machine will have them voting Democrat as soon as they die.

(Shovel ready graphics from The People's Cube)