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Medicare at 50: Successful, Popular, and Threatened By Conservatives


Medicare at 50: Successful, Popular, and Threatened By Conservatives

Terrance Heath

Thursday marked Medicare’s 50th birthday. It’s improved the lives of millions of Americans, and it can as much for even more people. That’s why Republicans have never stopped trying to end it.


If U.S. media wasn’t controlled by right wing oligarchs, genuine debates might be heard in which case, it would be refreshing if voices were free to counter the “take it all away from The People” narratives with OTHER deals.

For instance, if these disgusting selfish sellouts demand an end to Medicare, let them AGREE to an end to the military industrial complex, and any and all business write-offs… especially those that allow major corporations to hide their taxable income and pay nothing.

Quid pro quo.

Their corporate sponsors get zilch: no pork barrel subsidies, no tax write-offs, and no tax holidays.

If they want to take WELFARE away from human beings, then damn it… let the corporate “persons” head the friggin line!

These bastards WILL take it all. They argue that life was better before slavery was outlawed, and women could vote or own property or God forbid, access birth control.

Darwin argued that Evolution produced some anomalous cul-de-sacs: Republican Neanderthals surely qualify. They’d be most happy in The Dark Ages and are working overtime to reproduce one right now!


Ironic. When I was a kid in the early 60’s, my Mom’s ob/gyn told her he would move to Canada if the US ever passed socialized medicine. Also, remember the tea partiers holding “Don’t Mess with My Medicare” signs at their rallies?


Sorry, America. Medicare is a part of LBJ’s Great Society agenda that centered on poverty reduction, not only for humanitarian reasons, but for the economic stability of the US. We now have the generation that has been working steadily since the 1980s to dismantle the Great Society, with the full support of the middle class. OK, I know you thought that the Great Society agenda was only about the poor, and we decided the poor don’t count. It’s a pity that people lost track of the direct link between the conditions of the poor and the survival of the middle class, but they did.

Ah, before you raise the “But I paid for it!” objection: I paid into welfare for years, as did all my family members – very willingly, understanding why (at the least) this was essential to the growth and stability of the middle class. This was ended with the signing of a piece of paper, simple as that. Gone. That’s how easily Medicare/Medicaid can be legislated away. Do you think the people would never allow this? Interestingly, we once said this about welfare as well: “There is no way that Americans would simply turn their backs on our poor – especially children.”


'Darwin argued that Evolution produced some anomalous cul-de-sacs…"

Siouxrose, you would fail a course in biology. Extinction is not a cul-de-sac because all species arise when a prior species evolves into a new species. This is not a cul-de-sac. Humans and other primates have common ancestors. The ancestor that gave rise to us no longer exists, but this is simply not a cul-de-sac (the only way you can get out of a cul-de-sac is to retrace the route that got you into the cul-de-sac).

Republicans who are for limited government and low taxes don’t want to go back to the dark ages; they want to return to the Gilded Age when there was no income tax and no government regulations of business. The result was wealth was more concentrated in a few hands then than it is now (and it is pretty bad now).


Are you aware that the Democrats are responsible for all social welfare legislation from the New Deal to today?

  1. Social Security
  2. Expanding Social Security to spouses and dependents of workers on Social Security
  3. Disability insurance
  4. Unemployment insurance
  5. A minimum wage
  6. Medicare
  7. Medicaid
  8. Expanding Medicaid under the ACA
  9. The ACA

The only people talking about privatizing Social Security is Paul Ryan and the Republicans. Are you aware that Medicare Part D (a product of Republicans) is no different than the ACA? When you sign up for Medicare, if you want prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D), you purchase it from a private health insurance company.

Your blind hatred of Democrats makes you blind to the fact that we owe all the social welfare programs listed above to the Democrats.

A person could write a PhD thesis in psychology about your selective perception. You only see in the data support for what you already believe (that the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans).


Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security are not welfare; they are public insurance plans (except for Medicare Part D because you purchase it from a private insurance company).

Everybody (rich or poor) over the age of 62 (Social Security) and 65 (Medicare) is eligible to collect benefits (other than some workers who are not covered by Social Security). This is not true of welfare (you must be poor to collect welfare). Try telling all those people on Social Security and Medicare that you are going to privatize them and see what happens. Hint: any politician who proposed privatizing Social Security and Medicare would be defeated in the next election.


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The problem is corporcrats. Both parties are infected with them. Their disease cannot be cured, only cut out. Corportism is tyranny. Crush it now.