But given the conversations that have been out there in the political arena lately, I want to emphasize Medicare and Social Security are not handouts. You’ve paid into these programs your whole lives. You’ve earned them.
President Barack Obama to the AARP (via samuraifuckingfrog)
THANK YOU. Why don’t people understand this? Do you not look at your paystub?
What he didn’t tell you is he sat on that commission. He sat on that commission, and were he and his house Republican friends that he leads, had they voted with the commission, it would have been voted on, but he voted no. He would not let it go to the floor. He walked away.Vice President Joe Biden • Making a tough criticism of Paul Ryan’s Republican National Convention speech — specifically the part where Ryan criticized Obama for ignoring the bipartisan deficit commission’s recommendations — at a campaign stop in Wisconsin on Sunday. It wasn’t his only attack-dog moment — he also criticized Romney for not wanting to end the war in Afghanistan and referred to Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan as “Vouchercare.” Joe Biden makes a pretty good attack dog, if you ask us. (via shortformblog)
If somebody tells you, “Well Obama gutted $700 billion from Medicare!”, please inform them that they don’t know what the FUCK they’re talking about. If they’re still confused, tell them to watch this Young Turks video when Cenk Uygur and Jacki Schechner break it down with charts and graphics and facts:
(Sometimes video doesn’t embed properly, so here’s the link)
“As long as I’m President of the United States, I will never allow Medicare to be turned into a voucher that would end the program as we know it. We will not go back to the days when our citizens spent their golden years at the mercy of private insurance companies. We will reform Medicare — not by shifting the cost of care to seniors, but by reducing the spending that isn’t making people healthier. That’s what’s at stake in this election…
On issue after issue, we can’t afford to spend the next four years going backward. America doesn’t need to refight the battles we just had over Wall Street reform and health care reform. On health care reform, here is what I know: Allowing 2.5 million young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan — that was the right thing to do. Cutting prescription drug costs for seniors — that was the right thing to do. I will not go back to the days when insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, or deny you coverage, or charge women differently from men. We’re not going back there. We’re going forward.
We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood — or taking away access to affordable birth control. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons. We are not turning back the clock. We are moving forward.”
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the Failed Top-Down Policies
Paul Ryan is the mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan. It’s a plan Mitt Romney endorses.
But what does that budget mean for America? The GOP budget plan hurts seniors, it hurts middle-class families, and it hurts students. All to pay for tax cuts for those at the top..
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: back to the failed top-down policies that crashed our economy.
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