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Thread #133576   Message #3032528
Posted By: Bobert
15-Nov-10 - 07:02 AM
Thread Name: BS: Should Obama Run in '12???
Subject: RE: BS: Should Obama Run in '12???
The problem with both Social Security and Medicare is two fold... They are expensive and underfunded... As people live longer and go around saying that 60 is the "new 50" it means that folks will be on it longer and it also means that alot of folks will be retiring when they are still in fine shape to continue working...

(That will get the howlers out, Boberdz... We thought you were a progressive...)

I am a progressive but that doesn't mean that I'm going to just take a stand that everything on our menu is just fine but just needs more money from the wealthy...

Speaking of the wealthy, unless progressives see them become involved then it's going to be a hard sell (like impossible) to the progressive side for any changes in Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid... There needs to be movement on both sides... Greater finacial participation from the rich in exchange foe some tinkering on the other end, which could include raising the retirement age by a year or so...

One other thing that the government could do to make Medicare more solvent would be to hire more claims people who acted more like private insurance claims people who understand tyhe meaning of the word no... Too much outright Medicare fraud and too much over-charging by legit providers...

I mean, no one is going to be real happy if we do fix some broken stuff... But that will mean that it was prolly done correctly...

B~