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Ross Douthat is Upset that No One Wants to Cut Social Security and Medicare

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 05:27

Every budget expert knows that Social Security is fully funded through the year 2037 with no changes whatsoever. Even if nothing is ever done the program will always pay close to 80 percent of scheduled benefits. It also, under the law, cannot contribute to the deficit since it cannot spend more money than is in the trust fund.

Medicare costs are projected to rise more rapidly, but this is due to rising private sector health care costs, not the inefficiency of Medicare. This means that containing Medicare costs and preventing a soaring deficit involves fixing the health care system, not gutting Social Security and Medicare.

While these simple facts are known by every budget expert, that doesn't keep the pundits from insisting that President Obama and other politicians support cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Hence we get Ross Douthat whining that no one seems to be listening to him in today's NYYT.

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douthbag
written by In Hell's Kitchen, January 26, 2011 8:38
shorter Douthat (according to sadlyno.com):

My replacement for Obamacare: (1) Allow insurers to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions that kill people in two years or less; (2) force poor people to pay the first $50,000 of their medical bills; (3) make people who can’t afford insurance pay more for insurance. Nobel Prize for Economics, here I come!!
Keep Your Gubmint Hands Off My Gubmint Funded Private Income
written by izzatzo, January 26, 2011 9:33
Medicare costs are projected to rise more rapidly, but this is due to rising private sector health care costs, not the inefficiency of Medicare.


Goddammit Bubba, I've just about had it with these socialist doctors and hospitals milking Medicare for all it's worth. Who do they think they are anyway, private defense contractors working for DOD saving lives or what?
Why do Multi-Millionaires get Medicare?
written by paul, January 26, 2011 2:05
Can't those Republicons buy their own insurance with all their millions? Why am I subsidizing them/
rule is can't drop medicare without dropping soc. sec.
written by pete, January 26, 2011 2:19
silly rule
...
written by afinta, January 27, 2011 3:22
What is this headline about:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponlin...urity.html

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