Dear US Senate – please DO NOT break news DURING A CAVS GAME, especially one that goes into overtime, which the Cavs end up LOSING. ?Highly irritating.

Anyway, I like the idea of opening up Medicare to people aged 55-64. ?No brainer, both substantively, and especially politically. ?Unfortunately, I do not fall into that age group. ?This, also highly irritating.

If this is the only form of public option in the final bill, I will be pleased for our party, not so pleased for me. ?And the political calculation for Democrats gets less pretty the younger the electorate, which is BAD. ? I’m guessing the idea is to get people so ginned up about buying into Medicare that over time, that age limit keeps getting pushed lower, from 55 to 45 to…..everybody!

And that’s what will happen if this provision makes it through. ?May take a decade, but eventually, we will all have the option of buying into Medicare when we want to. ?And that will be the end of Republican conservatism as we know it.

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  • TomDegan

    The public option is obviously as dead as a doornail. My advice to the progressives is to take what they can get now.

    I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really – a scrap of leftovers tossed out to “American Negros” (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the one we remember – all the more easier seven years later.

    We'll live to fight another day.

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan

  • Chip away! At least they can claim some progress made. The abortion crap didn't get tacked on. I agree with you in terms of the incremental nature of big changes. Something to not forget.

    Starting to think Copenhagen will be the same way.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  • Nifty Lawrence

    The most frustrating thing about the lack of universal heath care in the U.S. is that so many people act like it's some sort of new, controversial idea that doesn't already exist in almost all of the modern, industrialized world.

    That the U.S. doesn't already have it is nothing short of scandalous. Unfortunately, the Dems – who convinced many they would lead us to the promised land if they could just secure the presidency & Congress – is just as ineffectual as the majority party as they are in the minority.

    Well, maybe I shouldn't say that. They're effective in representing corporate special interests but horrible in representing us peasants.

    Now they've got us giving thanks for the few crumbs they're going to throw our way. Shameful.

  • TomDegan

    The public option is obviously as dead as a doornail. My advice to the progressives is to take what they can get now.

    I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really – a scrap of leftovers tossed out to “American Negros” (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the one we remember – all the more easier seven years later.

    We'll live to fight another day.

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan

  • Chip away! At least they can claim some progress made. The abortion crap didn't get tacked on. I agree with you in terms of the incremental nature of big changes. Something to not forget.

    Starting to think Copenhagen will be the same way.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  • Nifty Lawrence

    The most frustrating thing about the lack of universal heath care in the U.S. is that so many people act like it's some sort of new, controversial idea that doesn't already exist in almost all of the modern, industrialized world.

    That the U.S. doesn't already have it is nothing short of scandalous. Unfortunately, the Dems – who convinced many they would lead us to the promised land if they could just secure the presidency & Congress – is just as ineffectual as the majority party as they are in the minority.

    Well, maybe I shouldn't say that. They're effective in representing corporate special interests but horrible in representing us peasants.

    Now they've got us giving thanks for the few crumbs they're going to throw our way. Shameful.

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