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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Some Short Newsie Things Elders Should Know

On 9 December, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced Senate Bill S. 1782, The American Health Security Act of 2013. Healthcare-Now provides a summary of the 189-page legislation – here's the overview:

”The Program provides universal health care coverage for the comprehensive services required under S. 1782 and incorporates Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and TRICARE (the Department of Defense health care program), but maintains health care programs under the Veterans Affairs Administration.

“Private health insurance sold by for-profit companies could only exist to provide supplemental coverage.”

Healthcare-Now has done a good job of condensing the bill. Go read it there or, if you're more wonky than I am today, read the entire bill here.

Their misinformation is jaw-dropping but with an amazing grace that Bloomberg reporters Stephanie Ruhle and Erik Schatzker don't deserve, Senator Warren corrects the record on Social Security and Medicare.

With apologies to someone – I lost the source of this quotation – but what it says is important for us to know: that the conversation about Social Security benefits has done a 180-degree turn in the past 12 months:

”When 2013 began, we were still on the defensive, guarding against a chained CPI, which would have meant severe cuts in Social Security benefits. But today, there are several bills in both bodies of Congress to expand Social Security, and polling shows we have a majority of the American people on our side.

“You can see the change in the budget package Congress is voting on this week—which did not come close to including cuts to Social Security...”

Part of the reason this has happened is that hundreds of thousands of people like you and me keep calling Congress, writing letters and signing petitions against cutting Social Security.

I know many of you groan when I ask you to do this several times a year, but it makes a big difference and even though the conversation is changing we can't let our guard down because there are a lot of zillionaires who still want to kill Social Security.

So in 2014, be assured that I'll be pressuring you to continue your good work because it's not just for us old people, it's for our children and grandchildren too.

A group called Get Covered has produced a rap song to promote signing up for the new healthcare law. It stars Barack Obama impersonator Iman Crosson. The song is a parody of Snoop Dog's hit Drop It Like It's Hot.

At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Joanne Zimmermann: Adventures of D.L. Phone

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Yes, Ronni, good to stay on top of the politicos, on all levels. And remember the poor, many of them elderly. A very wealthy community nearby enacted a "no sleeping in car" parking policy for the entire town, as it was upsetting those who live there! This pertained to about 4 vehicles. Writing on local news sites, papers, and to politicians brings it to community awareness.
So far, E.Warren has been great and I hope her style and forward thinking spreads. She's giving us the idea that we DO have a say in today's government.

Elizabeth Warren gets better and better. She's a worthy successor to Ted Kennedy.

If not during the next election, then I hope before my lifetime, we see Elizabeth Warren in the White House. Dee

Elizabeth Warren is the most effective legislator and speaker since Ted Kennedy. She is just wonderful in the way she can simplify a problem and do so with such grace. She never shows anger when interrupted, as she was on that video, but holds the podium. I am so in awe of her and am so glad that she is speaking up for the disadvantaged and for we elders.

So many of us believe Eliz Warren is the face of a better legislative future. Cannot clone her but we can support other progressive Democratic women in their campaigns. Yes, this is a plug for Emily's List.

Economist Dean Baker had a good piece on this subject over at the Truth-out blog entitled "The End of the Assault on Social Security and Medicare"

More women in Congress! It'll make a difference.

I agree with Charlotte and the rest of Elizabeth Warren's supporters. BTW, does anyone think that the budget agreement would have come about had it not been for Sen. Patty Murray from my state of WA? I can't think of any male senator who could have sat down with conservative Paul Ryan and actually hammered out a budget. No, progressives didn't get everything we wanted (especially an extension of unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed, many of whom are older workers), but neither did the conservatives and that's a start.

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