Medicare in Dire Straits & Obamacare Makes it Worse! by The Heritage Foundation.

Pictures of America's Medicare Mess

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama sat down with world leaders at the G8 summit and bragged about his track record of supposed good governance -- how he has worked to "bring down our deficits and debt over the longer term" and made "room to take a balanced approach to reducing our deficit and debt." There are plenty of ways to shoot holes in the president's pronouncement, but there is one glaring example of where he has come up far short -- failing to address America's growing Medicare crisis.
In "Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform," Heritage's Kathryn Nix and John Fleming illustrate the facts about Medicare and why Washington must come to the rescue with innovative solutions to preserve the program today and into the future.
President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, creating a program that today provides health insurance to some 48 million Americans. Now, though, that program is in desperate need of reform as the United States grapples with retiring baby boomers entering the system, increasing health care costs and a status quo that simply can't be sustained.
Case in point: Medicare spending is growing faster than the rest of the federal bu..., and it's the main cause of America's long-term deficits. As Nix and Fleming show, Medicare's costs are projected to shoot through the roof, surpassing Social Security, Medicaid, Obamacare subsidies and all other non-interest spending by 2050. Want more proof on how bad the situation is? By 2040, Medicare's shortfall will account for 81 percent of the federal deficit.

 

(Read the whole story about how serious a problem this is, and yet, Obama rams through "another" Federal Program instead of solutions to the Medicare Mess, besides stealing 1/2 $Trillion from Medicare!)

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Comment by June Gagnon on June 5, 2012 at 8:59pm

At least, get the medicare payroll deductions back up to where they were 2 years ago- -that would be a start; then if we can get 20 million unemployed Americans back to work, THAT should take care of a lot of the problem.

Comment by Tana W. Bernard on May 30, 2012 at 7:49pm

It is not about healthcare, it is about power over healthcare.

Comment by Kenneth Rose on May 30, 2012 at 10:06am

GREAT Article. I enjoyed watching the "Medicare At Risk" Slide Show. It shows FICA Payroll Deductions should rise from 2.9% to 5.33% (almost double) to pay for Medicare deficits! It has 14 slides with easy to read color charts. A lot of research went into making those charts! SEE the Slide Show. Click on the links in the above news release.

Comment by Grace Polaris on May 30, 2012 at 9:43am

The health care mandate involves eugenics. obama doesn't care about the senior legal citizen population in  America.

Comment by James Crachiolo on May 30, 2012 at 9:18am

Communism=obama care.

Comment by Paul Z. on May 30, 2012 at 9:08am

I believe because Medicare is a vast Federal program, the conditions for fraud greatly increases.  Medical facilities have you jump from doctor to doctor, specialist to specialist, many not knowing what medications the elderly patient is even on when they prescribe even more medications.  I have seen this with my father & mother both.  My mother was sent to many doctors to treat fatigue and shortness of breath.  The cardioligist wanted to do an angioplasty. I questioned how the doctor decided that when my mom never had any heart problems.  She went to another doctor and they found out she has blood loss and needed iron supplements and several pints of blood, nothing wrong with her heart.  And the confusion in diognosis with my dad was even worse.

We don't need more Federal Programs like Obamacare, and I believe Medicare & S.S. eventually needs to be privatized with  certain safeguards.

Baby Boomers have started retiring last Jan. 1, 2011 at the rate of 10,000 per day!'s 3.65 Million annually.  Democrats have consistently ignored solutions for politics and Medicare & S.S. are almost beyond fixing. 

p.s.  Imagine the unemployment rate if these Boomers were still in the work-force?


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Comment by Dee on May 29, 2012 at 5:01pm

Dr. Watson, I'd take in one step further.  Doctors have specialized and divided patients up into 'parts' these days-good luck finding someone to treat the 'whole' person.  Then the poor family doc has to try and sort through all the things coming in from the docs handling the various parts.  I just helped an elderly relative navigate through our health system and it is flat out broke.  If an ill elderly person does not have an advocate...they are totally lost being bumped from doc to doc to doc none of which will handle a freakin' cold because 'that's not their party'!  And, trying to understand what Medicare does and does not pay for?  Geez, what a nightmare!

Add on the individual docs have been 'bought out' by the big medical facilities and are pushed to get patients through and dissect them out to the specialists....and keep those billing going out.  Not to mention, addressing a patient's weight issues can get them sued!  It's happened!

I review medical records and these days it is not uncommon to see people taking between 10-20 different medications....Americans WANT a pill for everything!  Immediate gratification...that's the American way!  They don't WANT to work at the root cause of their health problems....and that makes the big facilities and the pharmacy a whole lot of money.

From my perspective, the medical community has done just as much to destroy Medicare as the government.  The government, with their constant rules, I believe has ruined 'health insurance'.  Just my perspective....

Comment by James C. Watson DC on May 29, 2012 at 8:41am

There is no saving Medicare or traditional "Health Insurance" and here is why .  The American people are self destructive fools who do not want health care!  They want Disease treatment after they cause most of their own diseases with very poor lifestyle choices!  Lazy and stupid and gullible! 

Just watch the Television for an hour and count the advertisements for drugs both prescription and over the counter ,  From drugs for Depression to "ED" to heart burn and on and on and get your free glucose meter here and your free electric scooter because Medicare got you covered!

Next take a walk through the super market and examine the items offered and rate them as far as healthy eating is concerned? 

Soda pop and snack foods and junk food and processed crap of every kind, and you wonder why we are a sick , fat diseased nation? 

What are the medical doctors doing about this?  Well most are so busy trying to fight the insurance companies to get paid that they don't have time or the will to address this.

We as a nation deserve what we are getting.

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New York's Green Light Law - Allows Illegal Aliens To Get Driver’s Licenses

New York passed a law to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses earlier this year but it was held up by challenges.

Now it is set to take effect this week.

In typical leftist fashion, supporters claim this is going to somehow make New York’s roads safer for everyone.

Could it really be about voting?

FOX News reports:

Illegal immigrants to be able to get driver’s licenses in NY after legal challenge fails.

Illegal immigrants in New York will able to obtain driver’s licenses starting next week after a last-minute legal challenge was dismissed — making it the 13th state to allow the practice, but one that critics say is unconstitutional.

The Green Light Law, signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year, allows anyone to apply for a driver’s license regardless of immigration status and does not require a Social Security number.

Illegal immigrants can use a combination of documents that include a valid passport from a foreign country and a valid foreign driver’s license, as long as it has been expired for less than two years.

“After waiting 18 years to have their right to drive restored, thanks to our legislature, New York can now officially join 12 other states in making driver’s licenses legally available to all residents,” New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Steve Choi said in a statement this week, arguing that it will make roads safer and the economy stronger.

County clerks in New York have concerns and are sounding an alarm.

CBS News in Albany reports:

County clerks concerned by loopholes in Green Light law.

Undocumented immigrants now have the green light to get a driver’s license in New York…but several county clerks in the Capital Region are concerned.

Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner said, “We found that everything we were concerned about as far as fraud and all sorts of other things are in that bill, in that regulation and we’re very concerned.”

Hayner tells CBS6’s Lynsey Smith there are a few loopholes in the Green Light Law.

Loopholes, such as a person coming in to get their license and not having to provide their social security number.

“That could lead to criminals coming from other states, coming in and use that as a way to defraud by just simply saying they don’t have a social security number…and that’s a very dangerous loophole,” replied Hayner.

Does anyone believe this is going to make New York safer or that this is really about driving?

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