Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Some Short Newsie Things Elders Should Know
SANDERS' NEW HEALTHCARE BILL
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.”
ELIZABETH WARREN SETS BLOOMBERG NEWS STRAIGHT
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.
CHANGING THE SOCIAL SECURITY CONVERSATION
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.
PROMOTING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITH RAP
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