Granny dying on the couch

My mom grew up with five sisters, two parents and one grandmother in a tiny little row house. She was deeply traumatized by the fact that after her grandmother developed stomach cancer, she had to spend months on the living room couch, moaning and crying out in pain. (Can’t give adequate pain meds, as you know. The dying person might get addicted!) Mom was terrified at the thought it might happen to her.

See, we told you we would do it! David Plouffe back in July 2011.

And here’s the thing. Raising the Medicare age will greatly raise the probability of Granny dying on your couch, or of you being that grandmother on the couch. You know it, any sensible person (i.e. non-Beltway bobblehead) knows it. If they shunt people onto Medicaid instead of Medicare, people will die. Because people in that age group have already lost jobs, burned through their savings and won’t be able to afford the premiums. The ACA allows health insurers to charge people in their sixties three times more than younger buyers. Premiums could be as high as $1800 a month if you earn over 400% of the poverty level (which is currently $60,520 for a household of two).

So the Very Serious Schmucks who are pushing the idea better be kidding. It better not be a trial balloon for the administration. Because if it is, we’re going to have to fight back hard.

6 Responses to Granny dying on the couch

  1. jawbone December 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Susie, will anything short of millions in the streets of DC, marching to the WH, have any affect of Dear Leader??? “Dear Leader” deliberately chosen.

  2. pragmaticrealist December 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    It is clear as day that this is going to happen, and that Obama is going to make it happen. It was clear from his first weeks in office when he appointed his “Debt Commission”.

    Nobody is going to stop it, and these few of us who will get sick and die in states like mine where Medicaid will not be expanded, our lives are of no more account than those of the peasants in Yemen.

    Our new policy will be, “Save a bullet for retirement.

  3. lless December 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    We can scream till we’re blue in the face and they won’t listen. This deal will be announced at the last conceivable moment, voted on and they will head home for the holidays to lay low. Is your rage two to four years long or will you kiss and make up as they expect by the midterms?

  4. Jay December 11, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Why is it that no liberal solutions are being put into the mix? The usual liberal suspects are becoming reactionaries against the beltway, rather than taking bassackward beltway assumptions and turning them on their heads. Lowering the Medicare age would save money in the long run. Lowering the social security age may free up jobs for unemployed youth, and does not affect the deficit in any way. Most young people I know would rather be paying increased ssi paycheck deductions than being unemployed. Everybody I know would rather pay more taxes for Medicare and Medicaid than watch their parents lose everything, become a dependent, fritter away their savings and home, then die in poverty. Raising the Medicare age and throwing people to the tender mercies of a rigged insurance marketthrough Obamacare is just a tricky way of privatizing Medicare. No $ale.

  5. susie December 11, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    There are lots of liberal solutions being suggested. The power of the corporate media isn’t exactly pushing the dissenting versions.

  6. Jay December 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Well the solution to proposals for raising the Medicare eligibility age should not be “he’ll no!” It should be “we should lower it instead.” The best defense, if you’re defending Medicare, is an offensive strategy. We shouldn’t have to defend labor rights in Michigan, and wouldn’t be, if we were actively trying to legislate our own agenda instead of defending against theirs. Let them play defense. Name and shame ALEC participants and their clueless accomplices in state legislatures. Create popular legislation, frame it in simple terms, and castrate every conservative dingbat who opposes it. Talk about establishment politicians instead of D versus R and throw the bums out (like Max Baucus and Dick Durban) in the next election. This fiscal cliff talk is starting to take on the absurd qualities of the Iraq war and “weapons of mass destruction” that nobody wanted to prosecute except the Sunday morning talk show worthies.

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