(OK, I said I was going all Medicare all the time until further notice but this post crosses over into Massachusetts politics with an inside joke in the headline. You see Congressman Tierney's brother in law is a bookie -- which isn't considered a bad thing here in Massachusetts -- and Tierney's wife was her brother's bookkeeper before she went to prison and ... Oh, to hell with it; that story's way off topic.)
Massachusetts Congressman Tierney posted an OpEd in his hometown Salem News newspaper on September 4 that catalogged all of Obama's Medicare lies. He called his Op-Ed something like "Just the Facts." It's all the usual Obama Medicare lies so I didn't link to it.
But here are the real facts Congressman:
- No one is proposing to privatize Medicare (at least any more than it is dominated by private insurers already; seniors like me in Massachusetts know our Blue Cross Medex Bronze is privatized Medicare; why lie about this?)
- No one is proposing to give seniors a voucher like a Medicare stamp (so some poor Massachusetts senior will not be able to spend his or her "Medicare stamps" on Ripple down at the packy the way the you want seniors to think it would work by using the word "voucher")
- Nothing being proposed would raise a senior's health care costs $6400 (for details see "No, Romney-Ryan wouldn’t increase Medicare costs by $6,400" by that famous conservative Ezra Klein in a recent edition of the Washington Post)
- In fact Wyden-Ryan is not even proposing changes for us seniors today , only for those now under 55. The thing about the Wyden-Ryan plan affecting today's seniors is Tierney's biggest lie
Massachussets Congressman Tierney has voted to eliminate the very popular Medicare Part C by cutting over $100 billion from the program. He also voted to drastically change Parts A and B in ways no one can even predict by cutting almost $300 billion from hospital and nursing home reimbursements. Using that Medicare trust fund money and higher Medicare premiums, Tierney gives free healthcare insurance to non seniors (and I'm all for anyone that wants insurance having it but tax someone else other than us seniors who have already paid our Medicare taxes for 40 years).
-- Dennis Byron