Monday, March 23, 2015

HRNK! Marco Rubio wants to end Medicare as you know it, he writes for FOX

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 4:14 PM

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In a day that is positively percolating with conservative coffee – hey there, Sen. Ted Cruz – now comes the news via a (likely ghostwritten) FOX op-ed that tries to spit on "ObamaCare" as a means of offering his platform for a Presidential campaign. The term "a post-ObamaCare era" is used WAYYYYY up there in the headline, while caps and marketplaces and everything free market comes down below in the brilliant prose of a wide-eyed genius. The key point that has Democrats reaching for their talking points today is that it appears that Rubio wants to dismantle Medicare (and Medicaid, really) as we know it, handing it all off to the private market. RISING TIDES, AMIRITE? 

"Third, we must save Medicare and Medicaid by placing them on fiscally sustainable paths. Without reforms, these programs will eventually cease to be available for those that need them. I believe we must move Medicaid into a per-capita cap system, preserving funding for Medicaid's unique populations while freeing states from Washington mandates. Medicare, meanwhile, should be transitioned into a premium support system, empowering seniors with choice and market competition, just like Medicare Advantage and Part D already do," Rubio writes, not probably. "It is my hope that all Americans will have access to affordable health insurance in the 21st century. These consumer-centered reforms will advance that goal the only way it can be advanced: by channeling the power of our free market. After the downfall of ObamaCare – which I believe has been inevitable from the beginning, but may be precipitated by the Supreme Court decision later this year – a plan such as this will restore our people’s access to quality care"

Wait, wait, wait. Is "consumer-centered reforms" Rubio's safe word(s)? Pretty sure that's what we ended up with when Justices Scalia and Roberts pulled the plug on mandatory Medicaid expansion for the states. This grudge match is getting boring and deadly. At any rate, here's the Florida Democratic response to Rubio's revenge. 

“Is the end of Medicaid the price Florida’s seniors will have to pay for Marco Rubio’s partisan ambition? Rubio's alternative to the Affordable Care Act, which has led to the largest drop in the uninsured rate in decades, would be to dramatically undermine the precious Medicare guarantee. This is a risk Florida’s seniors simply cannot afford, and they will reject Rubio’s plan to end the health care they depend on," says FDP Party Chair Allison Tant said in a statement. 

Not sure how this pulling healthcare away from people who now have healthcare is going to play on the campaign trail, but maybe everyone wants to "die quickly." We're starting to, and this isn't even election season yet. 

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