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GOP/Ryan Budget – Bad for Veterans
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Take some time to read the GOP propaganda and get to know what they’re trying to do. Be an informed voter, not someone who swallowed their propaganda, hook, line and anchor.

Much has been said over the past few weeks about the budget proposal in the House of Representatives, offered by Rep. Paul Ryan, and backed by Republican members, but not much has been said about how it will affect our veterans. As you know, the Paul Ryan plan will end Medicare, making it a voucher program, leaving seniors to buy their own insurance in the private system. It will therefore end one of the most popular and successful initiatives ever offered.

This plan will also punish veterans – harshly – and it’s important that you spread the word on how it will do so.

Here are the facts:

Millions of veterans over 65 rely on Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance for their health care. In fact, according to the last survey of veterans by the Department of Veterans’ affairs, 39.3% of veterans use Medicare, compared with 14 percent of the general population.

Many of these veterans are relying on Medicare as their sole health care provider. The Ryan plan would have an immediate impact on these veterans, forcing those falling into the “donut hole” with high-cost prescription drug costs to pay more for their medications in addition to paying more for preventative health services.

Veterans who rely on Medicaid would not escape cuts either. The Republican plan could slash $1.4 trillion in health benefits over the next ten years. Forty-four states are already facing significant budget shortfall in Fiscal Year 2012,and the cuts could force the state to either ration health care benefits for veterans across the country, restrict eligibility rules and leave thousands uninsured, including veterans, or raise taxes to cover the shortfall.

Finally, many veterans rely on private insurance, mostly through their employer. Because Republicans want to repeal the recent health insurance law, these veterans will no longer have guaranteed access to health insurance regardless of pre-existing conditions and may see annual or lifetime caps on coverage under the Republican budget.

In short, Republicans and Paul Ryan will strip away care for our veterans, in the name of budget cutting. These proposals are draconian, cruel, and unfair to those men and women who put their lives on the line for this country. But, unless we spread the word about how severely the Ryan/Republican plan will hurt veterans, most Americans won’t ever know.

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JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 15:45 PM

Correcto mundo, PN! And to make matters possibly worse for everyone, including vererans, is the forth coming implosion of the Republican Party and their relationship to their out of control Tea Party Members. Establishment Business friendly Republicans, from what I am reading and hearing, are fed up with the stringent no compromise form of Conservative ideology that the Tea Partiers represent. The Tea Party is even running candidates against some of the establishment Republicans in the coming primaries. As I have said, Conservative Republican Establishment Republican Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, is being challenged by a Tea Party candidate in his primary bid. Of course I am looking forward to the infighting that is coming within the GOP.

IF conservatives think BHO and the ACA is a bad thing, wait til they get a taste of the Tea Party should they prevail in their civil war for the GOP soul.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 17:12 PM

Veterans of Iraq and the Bush Wars are still committing suicide from what Republican 'Leadership' wrongfully inflicted upon them. Now this is what they are planning for them!

Unbelievable!!

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 07:49 AM

"The Tea Party is even running candidates against some of the establishment Republicans in the coming primaries."

This is in my opinion a good thing.

Some establishment Democrats need ousting also.

Matter of fact our Congress has been virtually dysfunctional for many years.

Blind allegiance to either party is the root cause of our government's dysfunction.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 13:47 PM

Well, this might surprise you TOT, though I don't think it has a chance in hell of happening...but I would like to see EVERY INCUMBENT voted out office. I think this is the consensus of a majority of Americans right now. I even voted this way in the last local elections.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 16:06 PM

Sebe: What say the polls regarding Congress' approval rating?

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 15:38 PM

thank you, Sebe.


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