Bashing Baby Boomers – Expected to Drain Medicare


First I thought it was a slow news weekend. Medicare, Social Security and Boomers are a top story. A cynic by nature, I was willing to give it a pass this time. It did seem scripted, all networks, news media on the same page. Then I caught this vid over at Crooks and Liars with ABC News giving us this not so subtle anymore spin to this tired story for me. Ah, light bulb goes off. The damnable greedy baby boomers are now the new class to wage warfare against. If they would just take the pain bill, go to hospice, all would be solved.

H/T: Crooks and Liars

Those Baby Boomers are sucking all the money out of the Treasury because they’re just so damned selfish! And only some of them served in Viet Nam! Pay attention to the lies scattered throughout. Dear God, it’s going to be another one of those years:

Click on “watch on You Tube” when it appears.

 

ABC News:

The first baby boomers will turn 65 Jan. 1, beginning a flood of applications for Medicare benefits that experts fear could drain the economy and hold political repercussions for President Obama.

The baby boomer generation marked a huge reproductive uptick between 1946 and 1964, when 76 million children were born, creating a higher demand across the nation for schools and consumer products, and an upheaval in popular culture.

But this post-World War II generation’s overwhelming demand on the Medicare system could possibly leave future generations with a bigger bill.

Medicare currently covers 46 million people, costing the government about $500 billion a year. But when the last of the iconic generation reaches 65 in about 20 years, more than 80 million people will be eligible for Medicare coverage, although the number of working people paying into the program will have decreased from 3.5 per person receiving benefits to 2.3.

The increase in the number of people eligible for benefits paired with the rising costs of health care and longer life spans threatens the program’s sustainability. It could force the administration and Congress to come up with a plan to reduce costs, either by cutting benefits or raising taxes.

A recent Associated Press-GfK poll found that 61 percent of Americans favored raising taxes in lieu of slashing benefits. The poll included adults in their 20s, who potentially could end up paying more into the system.

Fifty-one percent opposed the idea of giving older Americans a fixed payment to use against the cost of private insurance, an option made popular by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Sixty-three percent opposed raising the age of eligibility.

9 Responses to “Bashing Baby Boomers – Expected to Drain Medicare”

  1. Sunday Links: Reagan Edition | Conservative Hideout 2.0 Says:

    […] Angel has a post on Mayor Bloomberg, and his failure. Bunkerville is covering the fact that the boomers are going to drain the treasury. Capitol Commentary has their Predictions for 2011. MK has Hate on, Hate all. Karen wishes us all a […]

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  2. Matt Says:

    This has been known. That most “spoiled” generation, is going to drain the coffers, and resist any efforts to stop the suckage.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Apparently there is a denial in ageing of those who find Grandpa and Grandma troublesome. They too will age, and is this what they want for themselves?

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  3. KingShamus Says:

    To paraphrase Andrew Klavan, “‘Shut up codger’, the government bureaucrat explained.”

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  4. Eric H. Dodge Says:

    The Baby Boomers have to be a target for trouble in order for the “Complete Lives System” to be accepted. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s “CLS” alienates the elderly and the newborns. In order for people to buy into this system, we must see a problem with old people… such as they are a waste of money or selfish for taking so much money out of the system.

    Let the “programming” begin… ‘Old people are bad. We must hate old people’. Besides, they are all old white, rich people anyways. (End of sarcasm LOL)

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Great one, Eric. I am so on the same page as you. Working in Healthcare as I do, I see this in action. I am surprised that Fox bought into the new script. Maybe just the interns are working this weekend. I can only hope.

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      • Eric H. Dodge Says:

        I have an inside view as well… my wife is a nurse and I get the opprtunity to look at things through a looking glass. Reality is a frightening thing sometimes and for all of the conjecture about what Obamacare means or Dr. Berwick says or Emanuel’s CLS, the reality is there and it is beyond disturbing. We will lose America’s healthcare and quite possibly America itself if this barrage isn’t stopped. There are so many angles at work on the healthcare system that it will be a battle for the ages. We must make sure everyone knows what’s really coming. I am still preparing to write on the Complete Lives System but again I find myself infuriated at the openly sickening truths in the material that I stop writing. When it’s so clear AND so obvious it’s hard not to get dismayed at Americans for ignoring it.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Here is a link to a previous post, with a couple of great links including the Lancet article on the Complete lives system. Anyone out there new to this, I promise you will not sleep well tonight if you read it. It should be mandatory reading for all Progressives. I hope you do a post Eric, I am plum wore out on this topic.
        https://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/senate-committee-that-failed-to-hold-confirmation-hearing-for-obamas-medicare-czar-held-only-12-hearings-of-any-kind-between-obamas-nomination-and-recess-appointment/

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