One Solution for Healthcare
It should not matter how old you are, or where you are in the human life cycle, if you are an American, you need affordable healthcare. For that, only one solution is needed – one system. The choices are clear: 1) Integrate and make viable existing systems, 2) retire and replace legacy systems with a new one, 3) develop and install a new system.
Since systems wear out and fresh thinking is needed, the Obama approach: #3: develop and install and new system is probably best.
Bachmann may be right, in the Obama style of avoiding direct confrontation and employing passive aggression, he might let Medicare go broke. Then, option #3 becomes the preferred solution.
Michele Bachmann, instead of analysis how about telling us your solution?
“On Friday evening, the Republican primary took a turn I hadn't expected. Michele Bachmann, speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference, accused the president of being insufficiently committed to socialism -- or at least to single-payer health care. “The president’s plan for senior citizens is Obamacare,” Bachmann said. “I think very likely – and I’m speculating – I think very likely what the president intends is that Medicare will go broke, and ultimately that answer will be Obamacare for senior citizens.”
Even more puzzling, Bachmann had already cast a vote for the House GOP budget, which Speaker John Boehner said"transforms Medicare into a plan that's very similar to the President's own healthcare bill." That's not quite true, as the key feature of the GOP's budget isn;t the Medicare exchanges, which do mirror a core feature of the Affordable Care Act, but the vouchers that grow much more slowly than the cost of health care. Nevertheless, by Boehner's logic, Bachmann is accusing Obama of abandoning single-payer health care in favor of the Medicare reforms that Republicans support. Wouldn't this make Obama essentially the greatest Republican ever?
Ironically, bringing ObamaCare to Medicare is an obvious long-term compromise on health care. If Republicans can make their peace with the Affordable Care Act and help figure out how to make the Affordable Care Act's exchanges work to control costs and improve quality, it'd be natural to eventually migrate Medicaid and Medicare into the system. Liberals would like that because it'd mean better care for Medicaid beneficiaries and less fragmentation in the health-care system. Conservatives would like it because it'd break the two largest single-payer health-care systems in America and turn their beneficiaries into consumers. But the implementation and success of the Affordable Care Act is a necessary precondition to any compromise of this sort. You can't transform medicaid and Medicare until you've proven that what you're transforming them into is better. Only the Affordable Care Act has the potential to do that.
So Bachmann is perhaps right to say that the president is moving us towards a day when ObamaCare -- or, to put it more neutrally, "premium support" -- might come to Medicare. He's seeing whether it works in the private health-care market first and, if it does, there's little doubt that the political pressure to extend it to other groups will be intense. The question is why Bachmann and her party are doing so much to stand in his way? The corollary to Bachmann's accusation that the president has a realistic plan to privatize Medicare is that the Republicans, for all their sound and fury over the Ryan budget, don't. Which seems, in the end, like something the Tea Party might like to know.”
Paid for by socialism for all Americans.broke.