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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!


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.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 15:19 PM

It won't happen. Only those incumbents in states/districts which haven't been gerrymandered to death risk exposure in the upcoming elections. From my tally, there are more elected Democrats in red states than there are elected Republicans in blue states. But the pocketbook/wallet cuts across all blues and reds and party lines. One news article I read earlier today said that millions of Americans have reached a "Howard Beale moment" triggered by their experiences with ObamaCare - not only the web site, but the cancellations notices, the increased premiums, the loss of doctors and hospitals, and all the rest. I see a big backlash against incumbent Democrats in 2014, because they are seen by everyone as the party who owns ObamaCare.

The way a half-dozen or so Democrat Senators have been scrambling the past few days to change the subject, change their story, revise history as to their support, etc., tells me that they know they are in trouble, too. This article tells part of the story:


These articles tell more:



The voters are going to hold ALL Democrats as complicit in foisting ObamaCare on this country. And lest we forget the OTHER Obama scandals, here's today's new blast on IRS-gate, which reports that Ms. Lois "I Take The Fifth Because I Did Nothing Wrong" Lerner violated federal law by "shar(ing) highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal with the Federal Election."

If they haven't started circling the wagons, they better start soon. And there isn't room in the bunker for everybody.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 15:21 PM

Here's the IRS-gate link:


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

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

sebekm commented on Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 13:20 PM

They stink. According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reported yesterday at Politico.com:

"Congress didn’t fare well in the poll, with 63 percent of voters saying they want to replace their own member of Congress; that is the highest percentage on record since the question was first asked by the pollsters in 1992.

The GOP’s favorability is at an all-time low as well, with only 22 percent of those surveyed seeing the Republican Party positively compared to 53 percent who see it in a negative light.

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are carefully watching the polls in the wake of the government shutdown fallout, looking ahead to how it could influence the 2014 elections. On that point, the poll revealed that 45 percent of those surveyed would prefer a Democrat-controlled Congress following the 2014 election, compared to 41 percent who say they would prefer a Republican led Congress.

Fourteen percent said they were not sure who they preferred."

See: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10...

The congressional polls are always less relevant than the presidential polls - because historically you've rarely had a truly "favorable" polling of Congress in general. Also - of the "63 percent of voters saying they want to replace their own member of Congress" - I'd like to know a tally of how many of those representatives are Democrats and how many are Republicans. To know those numbers would put the poll in context and make all the difference in understanding what the poll's true significance is.

It's much easier to comprehend (and remember) the presidential polls - as they generally encapsulate the relative approval/disapproval of the entire incumbent government and administration in power. In many cases, congressman are in and out in 2 years. Senators get at least six. Successful (at least politically) presidents can get eight. The presidential polls are most important in the history books, and in future generations serve to DEFINE a presidency.

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

thank you, Sebe.

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