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GOP budget will raise health care costs for seniors

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
April 6, 2011

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. touts his 2012 federal budget during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congressional budget experts say future retirees would pay more for health care under a new House Republican budget proposal.

The fiscal blueprint would put people now 54 and younger in a different kind of health care program when they retire. Unlike parents and grandparents in traditional Medicare, they’d get a federal payment to buy private insurance from a choice of government-regulated plans.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, in an analysis released late Tuesday, said a typical beneficiary would spend more for health care under the proposal.

GOP leaders want the House to act quickly on the ambitious plan from House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. But the Congressional Budget Office report could create a big political headache for Republicans.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

One Response to GOP budget will raise health care costs for seniors

  1. Sandune

    April 6, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Why is it that American voters cannot understand the deficit mess comes from unfair trade agreements that go back to 1992? Perot described the whole mess and predicted that our deficit would go up and the jobs would leave the USA. Now we have the GOP congress taking full advantage of the tax system that allows major corporations to use deductions that would cancel out any tax payments. This new tax system was voted on and approved by the House and Senate back in 1997. This morning on Morning Joe, ex-Senator Bill Bradley mentioned this abuse of government and I, for one was surprised that no one had mentioned it. However the American people would rather whine and refer back to Socialism to force a redistribution of wealth than to check their own House and Senate members to get off their arses and do something.

    This system of open debate has failed all who come on line to learn anything. When I read Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat” I remembered the many lectures and the great book by Perot who laid this out accurately and clearly.

    Of all the whining and crying about GE not paying taxes, not one person checked the legality of this action. Anyone owning stock in GE would be silly to say a word. I own no stock in GE these days. But when I am labeled as lacking morals here, I realized that nobody ever checks facts and would rather issue labels on these subjects. I have mentioned the outsourcing of profits for years and yet no one would ever consider changing the law to stop this action.

    We could discuss the financing of our elections to stop the abuse of allowing GE to have their way…..one cannot blame them for passing this mass of laws allowing the money to stay in their control.

    I spent years exposing the abuse of our federal government and the only solution to me was to remove the power to allow them to pass bills in their favor. Hell, yes the Lobbyists are all over this action and will always finance those Reps who will allow it.

    The crime is not with the Lobbyists but with the corrupt members of Congress. I could even extend the criminals as the voters who continue to elect men and women who can be bought by the corporations.

    One subject that stirred up Perot was the fact that the Corporations are eagerly hiring Congresscritters to work for them. Perot suggested a law that would prevent any House/Senate member of going to work for any Corporation for the purpose of Lobbying.

    Perot sounded and looked like a hillbilly and was made fun of by easily 90% of the people on line. Again the American voters will look to candidates like Palin and Trump who are professional celebrities and therefore must be good candidates.

    I find not a single reason to vote for either candidate being suggested at this time. Even this above average forum CHB would rather force the government to take money from GE and give it to ??? than take a close look at the tax laws from 1997 to today.

    I tend to blame the religious right for kidnapping the Republican Party and forcing prohibitions on the Constitution to stop the Secular movement that is creeping into the RNC. I don’t blame the Christians for acting like teenagers chasing anything that gets them laid. I blame the Christians for demanding a law against birth control and abortions. I remember when I was younger and the Christians wanting unlimited births from all women due to the fact that a good percentage of their children would be Christians.

    One of the stupidest reasons for banning abortions came from a group right here on Reader Rant. Who would pay for their Social Security if all the unwanted babies were destroyed?

    I have bitten off more than I can sell. Gregor tried to explain my political points of view because he claims I got it from Ayn Rand. Thank you Gregor, but I was working for free enterprise capitalism long before I read Rand. I was thrilled to have found a soul mate who shares a love for individual rights based on the individual, not the government.

    I had greatly missed the point that American voters depend on the word of God more than the word of the men who wrote the Constitution. American freedoms were based on the individual imaginations of people who demanded freedoms within their own communities. The open mind cannot be destroyed. Any human brain that searches for excuses for their actions deserves slavery. I got this from Orwell long before many of you were born. Maybe I should have chosen my words with more care but at my age, time is fleeing.

    Screw D.C. and screw CHB.

    Some day, I hope a really intelligent person can show up here and explain the reason our tax system is sacred and above change. Some one who has knowledge of why not a single Congress member can explain their reasons for allowing the rape of the American tax payer. The answer to our debts and deficits sits in the IRS. Had anyone believed Perot and followed his suggestions, our corporations would be growing in America and our debts would be lowered every fiscal year.