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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...