Obama Proposes Income Test For Medicaid Drug Benefits –

Well so much for universal health care – take from one group to give to another? How is that “Universal”?

From the Washington Post;

“Obama’s proposal for Medicare means testing has received surprisingly little attention so far. The debate over an income scale was especially heated when Congress created the Medicare drug benefit, known as Part D, during President George W. Bush’s first term. As a senator, Obama voted against a Medicare means-testing proposal in March 2007.

But times have changed, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who also voted no two years ago. The growing consensus among Democrats that health-care costs must be contained, and that coverage must be expanded to everyone, has redrawn the battle lines. “In the past, we’ve dealt with Part D on its own, and that tends to be polarizing. So the thought here is, that’s much less likely if people think we’re all in this together,” Baucus said.  [Apparently, we are all in this together – unless of course – your not in “it” because your income is too high. My question remains – how is it “universal” when income qualifiers are used in any portion of the programs]


2 Responses

  1. Along the same lines he doesn’t want to include battle injured veterans to receive benefits as well. Instead he wants to send their claims “off to the insurance companies”. Hell, universal doesn’t even cover our nations heroes?

    If you are not familiar with what Scott is referring to see: https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/obama-admin-veterans-to-pay-for-service-injuries-with-private-insurance/

    or http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/10/veterans.health.insurance/index.html

  2. Obama’s idea of universal is this: those of us who can will continue to pay for private coverage, because health care is like everything else. You get what you pay for. It’s a myth the poor cannot get healthcare. I know because when we were younger, we had no health insurance. Doctors and hospitals accepted monthly payments when and if we needed care.

    What the liberals will do is give coverage to those who “qualify” and the rest of us will subsidize the cost, as we’re doing now, through increased fees.

    In addition, coverage will be expanded (they already get it now through Medicaid) to include those in the country illegally.

    What he tried to do to our wounded veterans made me so mad I considered starting a movement to ask everyone to file an extension on their federal taxes. [McAuleys’s World: As to Veteran Healthcare See: https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/obama-admin-veterans-to-pay-for-service-injuries-with-private-insurance/ ]

    It’s high time those of us who care about this country exercised peaceful, civil disagreement with the completely unrepresentative federal government we have at present.

    Obama’s spending, if his plans are implemented, will break this country. best, Kay B. Day
    [McAuleys’w World: As to spending see:https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2009/03/21/obama-deficit-grows-now-400-bigger-than-bush-deficits-by-msnbc/%5D

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