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Is replacing Medicare with a voucher system a republican platform?

Or is it just Sarah Palin?
editorial for the Wall Street Journal.

Palin's opinion piece was posted Tuesday on the newspaper's Web site, a day ahead of President Barack Obama's address to Congress on health care.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate says "common sense tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy."

She also reiterated her claim that so-called death panels would make end-of-life decisions, a notion that has been widely discredited.

She suggests options including equalizing tax breaks for people who do or do not get benefits through employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers to buy their own coverage and reforming tort laws.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:07 PM on Sep. 9, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Disconnecting health benefits from the job won't provide more services for those who already don't have benefits through work. How does this help? If someone already can't afford insurance, taking it away from those for whom employers provide the benefit certainly isn't going to remedy the situation. It boils down to availability to everyone regardless of wallet. The impetus is the millions of uninsured Americans who are suffering because they cannot afford coverage (this is not the same as those who do not seek or desire coverage). I don't like every element in the Democrats presentation, nor do I like every element of the Republican's presentation--however, there are good elements in both that need to be melded with the bad eschewed to present a more comprehensive and acceptable plan for all. On a different note, what is this garbage about fining those who don't have coverage? If it is unaffordable, the fine is?

    Answer by PsWifey at 6:06 PM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • Does that matter?

    Is it a good idea, or not ... that's what matters.

    If you like the idea, tell your Party, or tell your Congressmen, or join in with whatever group is advocating for the good idea.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 1:32 PM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • Oh, and her "death-panels" label for the entities in the bill such as the "Health Choices Commissioner", the "Comparative Effectiveness" guidelines, and whatever panel that decides who is eligible for what treatments based on their age, or obesity, or "functional-ness" in society ... was never discredited, as the editorial says.

    The media & politicians slipped her article sideways and pretended that she was talking about "end-of-life counseling" when she wrote "death panels". And then they discredited THAT.

    It was obvious that Gov. Palin was talking about RATIONING, not counseling ... both in her previous article, and in this one:
    " it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats' proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by—dare I say it—death panels?..."

    Interestingly, we have had very little discussion about THIS. The diversionary tactic succeeds again

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:30 PM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • I don't understand why the Democrats are so adamant about just their plan? They don't even want to hear other ideas. There have tons of them floated about, yet it is their way or the highway. It is looking more and more like it will be the highway....and that doesn't benefit anyone.

    3 things...
    Tort Reform
    Allow companies to sell nationwide
    Make health insurance like auto or home insurance..disconnect it from the job.

    You could also add..
    Discontinuing anything but life/limb saving care to illegals via ER's
    Overahaul medicaid and medicare they don't pay nearly enough and extra costs get paid by insurance holders.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 5:48 PM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • and about the vouchers???

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:53 PM on Sep. 9, 2009