Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Trump's Scary lies about Medicare threat gets published in USA Today, roundly criticized!

We're supposed to believe that Trump wrote a USA Today opinion piece attacking liberals, progressives, and Democrats, over Medicare-for-all. "Our" president, dividing and vilifying Americans he calls the enemy with paranoid conspiracy theories.

Trump knows seniors are the GOP's biggest and most reliable voting base, which prompted the included bullshit editorial below.

Many are criticizing USA Today for printing Trump's piece without one shred of fact-checking. When it comes to pre-existing conditions, just today, Trump threatened to veto Sen. Tammy Baldwin's resolution to block Trump's short-term junk insurance rollout:

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Trump Has Been Falsely Claiming He Supports Pre-existing Conditions Protections on the Campaign Trail
Politifact: “Trump’s Pants on Fire Claim About Democrats, Pre-existing Conditions” [Oct 5, 2018]
Factcheck.org: “Trump Misleads on Pre-existing Conditions” [Oct 2, 2018]
Politifact: “Trump [is]…on the side of those whose lawsuit would effectively end protections…for people with pre-existing conditions” [Sept 30, 2018]
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Trump's Medicare Lie Election Strategy: Trump just as quickly contradicts his fake support of Medicare saying that it's government-run and takes away all private insurance plans, which Medicare doesn't do: People still need to buy supplemental insurance to pay for copays and deductibles in Medicare (this should be eliminated) and the privately contracted Medicare Advantage plans.

Universal Health Care would finally render the maze of insurance programs out there now obsolete and simplify the system, reducing the cost of care. The current cost of our private health system is $34 trillion, $2 trillion more than a universal plan, Trump is arguing to keep in place.

Trump strings together false "facts" and very misleading scary sounding scenarios that just aren't real:

"We have seen Democrats (trying to) end Medicare ... take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives (Nope)... eliminates all private and employer-based health care plans (yes) ... would cost an astonishing $32.6 trillion during its first 10 years ($2 trillion less than current) ... we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down (No, but same claim GOP bashed Obama for making)... Democrats harmed seniors by slashing Medicare by more than $800 billion over 10 years to pay for Obamacare (actually cut costs closed donut hole)... seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised (Nope)...  lead to the massive rationing of health care (Nope) ... Doctors and hospitals would be put out of business (Nope) ... Seniors would lose access to their favorite doctors (it's universal, any doctor is their doctor so just the opposite) ...  Medicare for All would really be Medicare for None, today’s Medicare would be forced to die (HUH) ... the end of choice for seniors over their own health care decisions giving total power and control over seniors’ health care decisions to the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. (Ridiculous and insane)!!!
Universal healthcare means every doctor is your doctor, every hospital is your hospital, no surprise "out of network" bills arriving in the mail, and no more GoFundMe pages to pay crushing medical bills. 

Still, it's hard to get around the fact that a U.S. president would stoop so low as to paint this poisonous blatantly absurd picture of Democrats just so Republicans can "win" in the upcoming election. Not one point below is true: 
Americans might think that such an extreme, anti-senior, anti-choice and anti-consumer proposal for government-run health care would find little support among Democrats in Congress. Unfortunately, they would be wrong ... we will come dangerously closer to socialism in America ... Democrats are also pushing massive government control of education, private-sector businesses and other major sectors of the U.S. economy ... Today’s Democratic Party is for open-borders socialism. This radical agenda would destroy American prosperity. Under its vision, costs will spiral out of control. Taxes will skyrocket. And Democrats will seek to slash budgets for seniors’ Medicare, Social Security and defense.
And we all know how Paul Ryan has tried for years to shift the cost of Medicare to seniors, exposing premiums to market forces that would raise premiums and out of pocket costs. Oh, and also increase corporate profits. Coincidentally their tax cuts just so happen to make it necessary to cut back on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. But...

Republicans believe that a Medicare program that was created for seniors and paid for by seniors their entire lives should always be protected and preserved.