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  • Obamacare rationing panels an ‘immediate danger to seniors’: former AMA president

    03/22/2012 2:41:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 22, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    March 21, 2012 ( - Concerns over the new health care law’s system for rationing health care - famously dubbed the “death panels” by Sarah Palin - have been reinforced by a former head of the American Medical Association, who said the advisory panels “will essentially mean rationed care” for the elderly. Former AMA President Donald Palmisano wrote in a Daily Caller column Monday that the Independent Payment Advisory Boards (IPAB), tasked with keeping Medicare expenses under control, would have little oversight as they deal with the disproportionate cost burden from seniors with greater medical needs. “The 15 officials who...
  • The last 401K Generation

    03/01/2012 5:41:11 PM PST · by Wicket · 67 replies · 59+ views
    Insurance Networking News/Reuters ^ | 3/1/2012 | Linda Stern
    (Reuters) - Will the baby boomers be the only generation to retire with 401(k) plans? It could happen. Last week many of the nation's biggest thinkers on retirement got together in a Senate hearing room to discuss the future of pensions and retirement. There were representatives of unions, employers, financial services providers, government agencies and consumer groups. And the only thing they all seemed to agree on was this: The 401(k) plan has been sort of a failure. Those are strong words, and probably overstate the case. Current and future retirees now have some $4.3 trillion for retirement that wouldn't...
  • 1 in 3 Florida retirees who receive Social Security survive solely on government checks

    01/23/2012 11:37:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1/23/12 | Donna Gehrke-White
    A third of Florida's nearly 3 million retirees, 65 and older, now rely entirely on Social Security, according to an analysis by AARP. "Folks have spent down their assets," said Jeff Johnson, AARP interim director in Florida. More Floridians are likely to end up only on Social Security than retirees in the rest of the country: A quarter of U.S. retirees, 65 and older, have only their monthly checks as income, Johnson said. Many of the most strapped are Florida's oldest, he added. Florida seniors, 80 and older, are about three times as likely to depend
  • Obama's Problematic New Nominee for Top Medicare/Medicaid Post

    11/26/2011 9:35:22 AM PST · by opentalk · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2011 | M. Catharine Evans
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) chief Donald Berwick will step down on December 2, three weeks before his recess appointment expires on December 31. Fortunately, Dr. Berwick left a voluminous paper trail, leaving little doubt about his affinity for socialized medicine. His controversial views on "redistributional" healthcare and rationing prompted 42 senators to vehemently oppose his nomination last spring. Not wishing to have another fight on his hands, President Obama has nominated Berwick's second-in-command, Marilyn Tavenner, to head the agency. Tavenner will act as CMS director until her own confirmation hearings sometime next year. As principal deputy administrator...
  • 25 Bitter And Painful Facts About The Coming Baby Boomer Retirement Crisis That Will Blow Your Mind

    11/25/2011 11:26:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 11/23/2011 | Michael Snyder
    For decades we were warned that when the Baby Boomers started to retire that this country would be facing a retirement crisis of unprecedented magnitude. Well, that day has arrived ladies and gentlemen. Back on January 1st, the Baby Boomers began to retire and more than 10,000 of them will be retiring every single day for years to come. Most of them have not saved up nearly enough money for retirement. At the same time, private sector pension plans are failing all over the place, hundreds of state and local government pension plans from coast to coast are woefully...
  • Forest 'roadless rule': environmental victory or US job-killer?

    10/22/2011 3:03:07 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 14 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 22, 2011 | Patrik Jonsson,
    Environmentalists on Saturday hailed as one of the biggest conservation victories in decades a federal court ruling that upheld a "roadless rule" to protect massive swaths of national forest. But while the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday removed a lower court's block on the "roadless rule," the Clinton-era order protecting over 50 million acres of prime federal forests from timber and mining companies could leave President Obama vulnerable to charges similar to those levied against the White House after the Gulf drilling moratorium: that the administration is unfriendly toward extractive industries that utilize the nation's natural wealth and...
  • AARP uses member resources to push SAME SEX Marriage

    09/21/2011 6:22:32 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 42 replies
    AARP uses member resources to advocate same-sex marriage and special rights for immoral behavior Part of their membership fees or profits used to advocate same-sex marriage, homosexual adoption, repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" military policy and special rights for immoral behavior. September 19, 2011 AARP uses member resources to advocate same-sex marriage and pro-homosexual military policy. AARP membership cancellation information provided below. Page 38 of the July/August AARP bulletin contained an article titled "Pride Is Ageless" which announced AARP's plans for "advocacy efforts in the LGBT arena." The article stated "AARP has created a new online home for the...
  • Gullan, 71, 'too old' for treatment: clinic

    09/17/2011 10:54:49 AM PDT · by UncleHambone · 60 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 SEP 11 | Rebecca Martin (
    71-year-old Gullan Holmgren from Piteĺ, in northern Sweden, is 'too old' for pain rehab, according to the pain rehabilitation unit at the local hospital that turned her away. “I might be over 70, but that doesn't mean I am dead yet,” said an outraged Holmgren to The Local. Holmgren, who has had chronic pain after an unsuccessful hip operation six years ago, sought help through her primary care provider, the local clinic in Piteĺ where she lives. After trying all sorts of pain relief to no avail, her doctor referred her to the pain rehabilitation unit at Sunderby Hospital. Holmgren...
  • ‘Scaring seniors’ with simple truths

    09/15/2011 7:04:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Sep 14, 2011 | JACOB SULLUM
    ‘Scaring seniors’ with simple truths JACOB SULLUM Last Modified: Sep 14, 2011 09:40AM At the Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., on Monday night, Mitt Romney said Rick Perry has needlessly “scared seniors” by calling Social Security “a Ponzi scheme.” Romney, more sensitive to the anxieties of retirees, prefers to say “the American people have been effectively defrauded out of their Social Security” (as he puts it in his 2010 book No Apology) because Congress has spent the program’s surplus revenue instead of saving it to pay for future benefits — the sort of crime for which bankers “would...
  • 'Webcam 101 for Seniors': Fumbling elderly couple become viral sensations

    09/15/2011 12:49:45 AM PDT · by rawhide · 7 replies ^ | 9-14-11 | Jennifer Madison
    An elderly couple struggling to learn how to use a webcam have become viral video sensations after their granddaughter posted the fumbling footage online. Bruce and Esther Huffman, of McMinnville, Oregon, captured close to three minutes of themselves making faces at the camera and trying to navigate their new laptop. But they didn't realise until the very end they were being recorded as she tried to take a picture.
  • Video: MSNBC's Ed Schultz: “Pretty boy” Rubio will be “downright ugly” to senior citizens

    08/26/2011 6:09:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 08/26/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Earlier this week, I wrote about Sen. Marco Rubio’s major national speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., noting that the ideas he espoused are the very ideas that will serve as the foundation for any electoral success the GOP enjoys in 2012. Several readers tweeted at and e-mailed me to express their support for Rubio. “What’s not to like?” one asked. Townhall’s Erika Johnsen put it this way: “I can’t believe how much truth he delivers in speeches, teleprompter-free and even off the cuff.”But to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, Rubio’s common sense call for personal responsibility and...
  • Advocates for seniors and health care industry fear big cuts could flow from debt deal

    08/02/2011 9:38:17 AM PDT · by yorkie · 17 replies
    The Washington Post and AP ^ | August 2, 2011 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON — When it comes to Medicare and Medicaid, the debt deal raises more questions than it answers.
  • E-Mail Response From Senator Bob Casey (D) PA

    07/31/2011 2:55:08 PM PDT · by The Iceman Cometh · 11 replies
    email | 7-29-2011 | Scott Wilhelmi
    Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding our Nation’s debt ceiling. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue. Over the past few months, Congress and the Obama Administration have worked on proposals to increase the debt ceiling while simultaneously reducing government spending. If Congress fails to compromise on partisan prerequisites for increasing the debt ceiling, the U.S. economy and millions of Americans will suffer. Should the U.S. default on its loans, interest rates around the world would rise in response. Additionally, Americans will have to pay a higher premium for U.S. government borrowing to pay for...
  • Washington gets $200 billion a month, SocSec costs $50 billion, Obama threatens to starve Grandma

    07/13/2011 6:27:03 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12 Jul 11 | Mark Tapscott
    Washington gets $200 billion a month, Social Security costs $50 billion a month, and Obama is threatening to starve Grandma? .President Obama told CBS News today that he "cannot guarantee that those [Social Security] checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it." But wait just a minute. If Washington receives about $200 billion in monthly revenues and sends out roughly $50 billion worth of Social Security checks and the same amount of Medicare payments, why is Obama claiming the checks may not...
  • Obama Refuses to Pay Social Security, Vets, Military, and Interest Even Though He has the Money

    07/13/2011 6:00:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies
    Bloggers and Personal ^ | 13 Jul 11 | Xzins
    Obama Refuses to Pay Social Security, Vets, Military, and the interest on the debt even though he has more than enough money for all of them, to include Medicare and Medicaid! Obama is playing politics with social security checks for senior citizens. That's the bottom line. He has 200 billion dollars a month to spend, and social security costs only 49 billion a month. The only conclusion: Obama hates grandma and grandpa and is blackmailing them.
  • Obama and Geithner Threaten Seniors With False Information

    07/12/2011 2:06:04 PM PDT · by blueyon · 18 replies
    Market Watch/RedWhiteBlue News ^ | 7/12/2011 | Kurt Brouwer
    RWBNews: Hitting the debt ceiling means there will be a 44% cut in spending. The decision as to what would not get paid falls on the Treasury Department. The U.S. Treasury will not default Despite all the rhetoric and posturing we see in the media and in Washington D.C., it is safe to say categorically that the U.S. Treasury will not default on its debt after August 2nd, even if the debt ceiling is not raised. Not only will the Treasury be able to pay interest on U.S. debt obligations, but there is money for other essential programs as well....
  • Howard Dean" The Future “Does Not Belong to the Tea Party, Over 55, White and Christian” – Video

    06/20/2011 12:11:58 PM PDT · by Justaham · 39 replies
    <p>Here is video of Democrat Howard Dean speaking at the Leftist “Netroots Nation” Conference last week. Dean bashed the Tea Party, people who are “over 55,” “white and Christian,” saying “the future” does not belong to them. Ironically, he accused them of “hate,” referring to them as “religious bigots,” even as he spoke with disdain of all things conservative and Christian.</p>
  • AARP Pivots on Social Security Benefit Cuts (President Bush was right)

    06/17/2011 3:55:06 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/17/2011 | fox news
    AARP, the powerful lobbying group for older Americans, was dropping its long-standing opposition to cutting Social Security benefits, a move that could rock Washington's debate over how to revamp the nation's entitlement programs, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The decision, which AARP has not discussed publicly, came after a wrenching debate inside the organization. In 2005, the last time Social Security was debated, AARP led the effort to kill President George W. Bush's plan for partial privatization. AARP now concludes that change is inevitable, and it wants to be at the table to try to minimize the pain.
  • Pew Research Center: Opposition to Ryan Medicare Plan from Older, Attentive Americans

    06/07/2011 1:44:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The public offers a mixed reaction to a proposal to change Medicare into a program that would give future participants a credit toward purchasing private health insurance coverage: 41% oppose such a change, 36% favor it, and nearly a quarter (23%) have no opinion either way. Despite this even division of opinion overall, there is broad, and strong, opposition to the proposal among older Americans, and those who are paying a lot of attention to the issue. Those ages 50 and older oppose this proposal, which is part of Rep. Paul Ryan’s deficit reduction plan, by a 51% to 29%...
  • What Seniors Have to Fear From ObamaCare

    06/03/2011 10:30:26 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 19 replies ^ | June 4, 2011 | John C. Goodman
    While charges and counter-charges about Medicare are flying back and forth in Washington, hardly anyone seems to have noticed that Medicare's financial problems have already been solved. They were solved by the health reform bill enacted last year, what some people call ObamaCare. ...Medicare's financial problems are slated to be solved by the unconscionable rationing of health care for the elderly and the disabled. What does this mean in terms of access to health care? It almost certainly means that seniors will have extreme difficulty finding doctors who will see them and hospitals who will admit them. Once admitted, they...
  • Betty White stars as the new face of AARP

    05/24/2011 1:30:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/11
    At nearly 90 years old, Betty White has a message for senior citizens: get over it. The Golden Girls star can be seen stressing that age really isn’t a big deal in her promotional videos for AARP. Age shouldn’t be a deciding factor when voting for politicians either, the starlet told Politico in an interview Monday. “I think it’s mental activity and physical health that should have a lot to do with it, not just the number of years,” White said. For White, the age of the politician doesn’t necessarily make them an incapable public servant. “I think someone’s health...
  • Gov't warns on use of psych meds in nursing homes

    05/14/2011 6:48:08 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/09/2011 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON – A new government report says many elderly nursing home residents suffering from dementia may be victims of overmedication with strong anti-psychotic drugs that could harm them... The Health and Human Services inspector general says that in 2007, more than 300,000 nursing home residents got powerful drugs meant for treating serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But nearly 90 percent of the time, the prescriptions were for patients suffering from dementia, a condition for which the anti-psychotic drugs are not approved. (excerpted)
  • WaPo fact checker: No, seniors won’t die faster under Ryan plan (Sebelius 'should be ashamed')

    05/09/2011 2:44:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    The problem with the debate over the competing visions for health-care reform, Glenn Kessler writes at the Washington Post, is that Paul Ryan’s plan has not yet been cast in legislative language. That allows critics to assume the worst about it, and certainly Ryan’s critics have tried pushing the envelope on dire predictions for the health of seniors under his so-called “voucher” plan. But Kessler slams HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for an especially unsubstantiated charge that seniors would “die sooner” under Ryan’s plan: Secretary Sebelius made this eye-popping statement Thursday while testifying on Capitol Hill, after Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J)...
  • Gas, food prices affecting Meals on Wheels for seniors

    05/07/2011 5:43:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | May 6, 2011 | Deborah Wrigley
    HOUSTON -- With prices teetering around $4 a gallon for gasoline across the country, a lot of Americans are making sacrifices. Gas prices have gotten so high that hundreds of elderly residents in our area who depend on Meals on Wheels could be the ones paying the price. Five days a week, meals arrive at the homes of some 500 seniors in Fort Bend and Waller counties. Meals on Wheels has long fed those whose Social Security is all they have. "Kind of balance it so we can have medication and meals and it has helped me a lot," said...
  • Here's How Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Screws Old People

    04/08/2011 8:03:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/08/2011 | Henry Blodget
    One of the features of Paul Ryan's plan to save the federal budget is that it replaces Medicare with vouchers with which older folks can use to buy private health insurance. The idea is that this private insurance will do what Medicare does. And it might. At first. But the vouchers are linked to the CPI, not to the inflation rate of healthcare expenses (and private insurance costs). So as time goes on, barring a radical change in the inflation rate of healthcare costs, the vouchers will cover less and less of the costs that Medicare covers today. This will...
  • Pelosi: The GOP’s getting ready to starve six million seniors or something (Same movie) Share

    04/05/2011 4:12:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/05/2011 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart. I don’t know which budget bill she’s talking about, the 2011 one or Ryan’s new one, but if it’s the former than she’s actually complaining here about a GOP budget that she could have prevented by passing a budget herself last year when she was Speaker. (Of course, with Democrats in control in the Senate and White House, any Mass Senior Starvation Program would require bipartisan support to pass now anyway.) Anyway, get used to this: Warnings about grandma being forced to eat styrofoam peanuts and Fancy Feast because of heartless Republicans and their insane crusade for solvency...
  • The Golden Years Of AARP

    03/31/2011 5:31:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 31, 2011 | Staff
    Health Reform: The tax-exempt seniors group that pushed hard to get ObamaCare passed stands to reap a billion-dollar reward over the next decade as ObamaCare destroys the competition to the products it endorses. During what passed for a debate on ObamaCare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers benefits under Medicare, issued what can only be called a gag order after private insurer Humana Inc. warned its Medicare Advantage customers in a letter that ObamaCare might cause them to lose some benefits. It was because that letter exposed one of Obama-Care's biggest lies — the claim that...
  • The Golden Years Of AARP

    04/02/2011 8:14:25 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics/IBD ^ | April 2, 2011 | Syaff
    The tax-exempt seniors group that pushed hard to get ObamaCare passed stands to reap a billion-dollar reward over the next decade as ObamaCare destroys the competition to the products it endorses. During what passed for a debate on ObamaCare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers benefits under Medicare, issued what can only be called a gag order after private insurer Humana Inc. warned its Medicare Advantage customers in a letter that ObamaCare might cause them to lose some benefits....
  • AARP (the Senior version of ACORN) providing "free" tax service -vanity

    03/29/2011 8:15:02 AM PDT · by Baynative · 12 replies
    AARP Website ^ | 3/29/11 | Baynative
    I just heard an AARP ad offering free tax services in my area. I see this as a PR tool to lure unsuspecting seniors into their fold. I'll also bet that unlike my accountant that tries to save me money, AARP is out to get as much as they can for the government. I wonder what other propaganda they are handing out to those who fall victim to the scam.
  • Cancer operations are denied to thousands of elderly patients 'because of ageism'

    03/19/2011 7:53:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies ^ | March 19, 2011 | Jenny Hope
    Thousands of older cancer patients are being denied potentially life-saving surgery because of ageism in the NHS. The chances of being operated on start falling in middle-age and plummet for those in their 70s and older, an official study shows. Experts blame age discrimination and poor access to specialist opinion in some areas. This may explain why older people in Britain are less likely to survive than elsewhere. Surgery rates vary greatly, from 80 per cent of breast and uterine cancer cases to just 6 per cent of those with liver cancer, researchers found. Surgery rates drop for all cancers...
  • Snyder tax plan would be costly for thousands of Michigan residents, including many seniors

    02/27/2011 9:47:07 AM PST · by madison10 · 13 replies
    Booth Newspapers ^ | February 27, 2011 | Peter Luke
    The tax overhaul plan proposed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, shown speaking at the at the University of Michigan earlier this month, could be costly for thousands of Michigan residents. However “simple, fair and efficient” Gov. Rick Snyder says his overhaul of Michigan’s personal income tax is, it’s still a whopper of a tax increase for hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents. For politically active seniors, the increased tax bill could easily run into the thousands of dollars -- sticker-shock territory. Michigan is only one of four states with an income tax that exempts retirement pensions from the levy. Economists...
  • Seniors Oppose Obamacare by 27 Points

    02/24/2011 4:05:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 24, 2011 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    The Obama administration’s taxpayer-funded, pro-Obamacare TV ads directed toward seniors don’t seem to be working. The new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows that, by a margin of 27 percentage points, seniors have an unfavorable, rather than a favorable, view of Obamacare. That’s the highest margin of opposition among seniors in the 11 Kaiser Health Tracking Polls that have been conducted since Obamacare’s passage. Less than a third of all seniors (32 percent) now have a favorable view of Obamacare. The vast majority (59 percent) has an unfavorable view of it. Perhaps that’s because Obamacare would be paid for (at least,...
  • Seniors say they're priced out of Queens Botanical Garden. Entrance used to be free

    02/22/2011 12:09:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily News ^ | 02/22/2011 | Lisa Colangelo
    Senior citizens are furious with officials at the Queens Botanical Garden, saying they are being pushed out of the spots they helped cultivate for decades. The cash-strapped organization increased fees for use of its Senior Garden to $150 this year - too steep say many retirees living on a fixed income. It also plans to transform the site to a "Family Garden" next year and open it up to gardeners of all ages. "What they are doing is an act of desperation," said Lola McLinden, a 91-year-old Flushing resident who has grown vegetables at the Senior Garden for 15 years....
  • Just 50! The age a woman becomes 'invisible' to the opposite sex

    02/15/2011 2:06:35 PM PST · by tom h · 62 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 11th February 2011 | David Wilkes
    If life begins at 40, you’d better hurry up and enjoy it, ladies. For in another ten years you are likely to think all men are ignoring you. A survey has found that eight out of ten women over the age of 50 think members of the opposite sex no longer notice them. So while The Beatles famously lamented becoming over the hill ‘When I’m 64’, women in 2011 will instead be wondering: ‘Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m... 50?’ As if that’s not bad enough, seven out of ten women also feel overlooked...
  • Robert Redford: Hollywood Won't Put Me in Movies Anymore

    01/26/2011 12:18:23 PM PST · by pissant · 182 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | 1/26/11 | Sheila Marikar
    Sundance: It's the place where Hollywood lets its hair down. In the midst of non-stop parties and premieres, actors cut loose, open up, and reveal how they really feel about the entertainment industry. More Video 1 2 3 4 5 PreviousNext Redford And Streisand Together Again? Watch: Redford And Streisand Together Again? VIDEO: Red State director defends controversial movie at Sundance Film Festival. Watch: Kevin Smith Pickets Christian Protesters 'Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys' Watch: 'Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys' Robert Redford, for one, is not too pleased. This week, the 74-year-old iconic actor and founder...
  • Happy 60th birthday, Rush Limbaugh!

    01/11/2011 9:03:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 126 replies
    Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born January 12, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Happy birthday, Rush. You have no idea how much you've done for us. :)
  • 5 Places to Retire On Social Security Alone

    06/19/2010 7:39:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 142 replies · 2,795+ views
    yahoo ^ | Friday, June 18, 2010 | Kathleen Peddicord
    The average Social Security check is about $1,200. You can receive that payment while living anywhere in the world. In some countries, you can even have your Social Security check direct-deposited into your local bank account. Here are five places where you could retire on your Social Security income alone. Boquete, Panama. Panama offers super user-friendly options for foreign residency. Resident retirees receive a long list of benefits including discounts on everything from prescription medicines and in-country air travel to closing costs on the purchase of real estate. Granada, Nicaragua. Granada is ... home to a welcoming community of expat...
  • Next Stop In Obama's Political Suicide Tour: Announcing Social Security Cuts

    12/19/2010 11:23:23 AM PST · by Frantzie · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-19-2010 | Tyler Durden
    The Next Stop In Obama's Political Suicide Tour: Announcing Social Security Cuts During State Of The Union Address Obama's latest quid-pro-quo with the republican party over a doubling down on fiscal stimulus in the form of mutual back scratching, funding by yet another trillion in debt, may have well be the start of his toxic spiral to the the bottom of political insignificance. According to Politico, "The tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is just the first part of a multistage drama that is likely to further divide and weaken Democrats."...

    12/09/2010 7:13:09 AM PST · by GailA · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Beginning in 2011, people who pay the income-related Part B premium will also pay an additional income-related Part D premium, known as a monthly adjustment amount. The monthly adjustment amount is not related to the premium of the plan in which such beneficiaries are enrolled, but is based on a percentage of the Base Beneficiary Premium for the year as determined by CMS. Thus, an individual with modified adjusted gross income of $86,000 will have a Part D monthly adjustment amount of $12.00 withheld from his/her check regardless of whether s/he enrolls in a plan with a premium of $14.85...
  • Graham: Adjust Social Security for wealthier Americans

    11/29/2010 4:19:57 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies
    The Greenville News | 2010-11-29 | Clark Brooks
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  • Al Simpson speaks out...(calls seniors greediest generation)

    11/26/2010 9:10:14 AM PST · by Frantzie · 115 replies
    Wyoming Capital Journal ^ | 11-24-2010 | Jeremy Pelzer
    CHEYENNE--During Al Simpson's nearly 50 years in government, he hasn't been afraid to take on critics and naysayers of his work in the U.S. Senate or on a variety of high-profile commissions and committees. But as the co-chair of President Obama's debt commission, the Wyoming Republican said he's been taking an unprecedented amount of flak for the commission's draft proposals to help erase the nation's $13.8 trillion debt. "I've never had any nastier mail or [been in a] more difficult position in my life," said the 79-year-old Simpson. "Just vicious. People I've known, relatives [saying], "'You son of a bitch....
  • Obamacare 'Rule,' 347 Pages, 118,072 Words (Medicare)

    11/18/2010 7:13:56 AM PST · by GailA · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/17/10 | Jeffery H. Anderson
    Providing a strong indication of how personal, accessible, understandable, user-friendly, customer-service-oriented, and not at all posthuman your health care would be under Obamacare, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released a 347-page, 118,072-word "rule" to implement parts of Obamacare affecting Medicare Advantage and the Medicare prescription drug benefit program. In comparison, the entire United States Constitution, including all 27 amendments, contains 7,640 words. So the "rule" is more than 15 times as long as the Constitution.
  • Debt Commissioners: Baby Boomers Will Crush Social Security, Medicare

    11/14/2010 1:07:03 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 197 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 14, 2010 | Staff
    Baby boomers withdrawing funds from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are going to "crush the system" in a matter of years, a member of President Obama's blue-ribbon commission on the debt warned Sunday. David Cote, CEO of Honeywell and one of a handful of private-sector chiefs appointed to the 18-member fiscal reform commission issuing its final recommendations on Dec. 1, said he didn't realize -- even perched at the top of his field -- that the next decade will be disastrous to the nation's accounts ledger unless something drastic is done. "It scares me that as a financially conversant CEO,...
  • Seniors fled Democrats in midterms

    11/07/2010 1:17:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/7/10 | Byron Tau
    In an election marked by dramatic defections from the Democratic Party, older voters swung hardest, seemingly threatened by President Barack Obama’s mantra of change. Voters over 65 favored Republicans last week by a 21-point margin after flirting with Democrats in the 2006 midterm elections and favoring John McCain by a relatively narrow 8-point margin in 2008. Concerned by changes to Medicare and compelled by a Republican Party that promised a return to America’s glory days, seniors played a crucial — and often understated — role in races across the country.
  • Democrats make pre-election pitch to help seniors (bribery)

    10/19/2010 8:59:30 AM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo News! ^ | October 19, 2010 | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON – Democrats are making a pre-election pitch to give Social Security recipients a one-time payment of $250, part of a larger effort to convince senior voters that their party, and not Republicans, will best look out for the 58 million people who get the government retirement and disability benefits. The $250 check is meant to make up for a second year without a cost-of-living increase due to low inflation. President Barack Obama has urged Congress to approve the $250 payment. House and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid say they will bring up the legislation when lawmakers...
  • Buying the Senior Vote (Obama bribes the seniors - JUST SAY NO SEASONED AMERICANS!)

    10/18/2010 11:20:49 AM PDT · by yoe · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 18, 2010 | Editor
    <p>Can our retired readers be bought for $250? Apparently President Obama thinks they can, because two weeks before Election Day he has endorsed sending bonus checks for that amount to the nearly 58 million Americans on Social Security.</p> <p>It's hard to imagine a more blatant vote-buying exercise, especially with polls showing that seniors have turned sharply against the Democrats this year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader (pro-tem) Harry Reid have both promised check-writing votes in the lame duck session, assuming they can fit that into all the other things they want to do before they lose their super-majorities.</p>
  • Saving and Goodman: Obama murdered Medicare

    10/16/2010 1:29:11 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Thomas R. Saving and John C. Goodman
    The health care reform law enacted in spring will have a devastating impact on elderly and disabled Medicare enrollees if its provisions are not substantially changed. To appreciate what that means, consider that Medicare currently pays about 20 percent below what private insurance pays. At those rates, hospitals lose money on Medicare patients. Under the spending cuts called for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), payments will get worse in the future. Compounding these problems is the fact that the ACA will create a huge rationing problem systemwide. The new law gives an independent commission the power to make cuts,...
  • Senior Citizens Brace for Social Security Freeze

    10/12/2010 7:47:11 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 84 replies
    AP Yahoooo ^ | 10/11/2010 | Matt Sedensky, Associated Press Write
    BOCA RATON, Fla. – Seniors prepared to cut back on everything from food to charitable donations to whiskey as word spread Monday that they will have to wait until at least 2012 to see their Social Security checks increase. The government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through a second straight year without an increase in monthly benefits. This year was the first without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation started in 1975. "I think it's disgusting," said Paul McNeil, 69, a retired state worker from Warwick, R.I., who...
  • Social Security: No 2011 increase expected

    10/07/2010 6:46:04 AM PDT · by GailA · 42 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/5/10 | Jeanne Sahadi
    NEW YORK ( -- Chances are high that for the second year in a row Social Security beneficiaries will see no increase in their benefit checks. The official word won't come until mid-October when the Social Security Administration announces whether there will be a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2011. But those who've crunched the numbers say there just hasn't been enough inflation to justify a bump in benefits. The last time there was an inflation adjustment was in 2009: Social Security beneficiaries got a higher-than-normal 5.8% increase because of a temporary spike in energy prices in the third quarter of...
  • Seniors in Rochester(Mn) Area Flock to Affordable Housing

    10/04/2010 8:13:01 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | 10/3/2010 | By Christina Killion-Valdez
    Market research showed a need for more low-income senior housing in Rochester, but the numbers of people applying for 53 new rent-subsidized independent living apartment units brought that need home. As of several weeks ago, more than 80 people had applied to live at Kenosha Drive Apartments, a new low-income senior housing facility for those age 62 and older in northwest Rochester, which is set to become the flagship property for Accessible Space, a national nonprofit affordable housing provider based in St. Paul. That's the most applications the non-profit has received for a new facility, said Devin C. Vander Schaaf,...