Monday, August 29, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1735, August 29th, 2011



Congressman Lou Barletta recently had an op ed piece on his web site regarding Medicare. Here’s what he had to say on this subject:
Op-Ed: Medicare reform will not reduce benefits for those 55 years old and up
Over the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about how Congress is going to reform Medicare.
Frankly, there’s been a lot of misinformation, too.
Let me clear things up right now:
If you’re 55 years of age or older, you can stop worrying. You can hang up on the scary phone calls.
If you’re 55 years of age or older, your Medicare benefits are not going to be touched.
You’ve earned those benefits, and I will keep fighting in Washington to make sure you continue to receive them. Some of my colleagues in Washington proposed a plan that would have cut Medicare benefits for near-retirees – and I voted against that measure, and it was defeated.
Other colleagues proposed a plan that would have prevented any type of Medicare reform, and I voted against that, too.
What I did and do support is Medicare reform that guarantees benefits for those 55 years old and up, and provides a new benefit structure for those under 55.
Political opponents have already gone back to the same old tactics – they’re scaring our senior citizens by lying to them. They call them up and tell them that they will lose their Medicare. They send them mail pieces to make them worry that they will not receive health care coverage.
Those are reprehensible lies.
Folks on the other side of this reform argument have said that the plan passed by Congress last week will “end Medicare as we know it.”
What they don’t tell you is that Medicare will end as we know it anyway – because the program will be broke within about a decade. Those under 55 will never receive Medicare benefits unless we initiate serious and substantial reforms.
That’s why we have to fix Medicare for younger Americans.
The plan I voted for on Friday, April 15, does not take one dime away from current Medicare recipients or those 55 and older.
That’s the simple truth about the Medicare reform proposal.
So if you’re 55 and up, you can stop reading right now. This Medicare reform plan doesn’t apply to you. Your benefits are safe.
If you’re under 55, beginning in 2022, you will have access to the same health insurance plan as members of Congress. Wealthier beneficiaries will receive a lower subsidy, the sick will receive a higher payment if their condition worsens, and lower-income seniors will receive additional assistance to cover their out-of-pocket costs.
These simple but necessary changes protect the benefits of today’s seniors and near-retirees, and they reform the Medicare program before it goes broke. Medicare reform also ensures that the program exists for future generations.
When Medicare was created in the 1960s, men lived to be about 66, women lived to be about 72, healthcare costs were half of what they are today, and Baby Boomers were just that – Baby Boomers.
Today, men and women are living an average of a decade longer, healthcare costs have skyrocketed, and Baby Boomers are retiring and taking their well-earned benefits.
The Medicare program is based on an outdated model, and unless it is reformed, it will go broke by 2022.
We must adapt Medicare to the 21st Century in a way that protects benefits today’s senior citizens and near-retirees while preserving a level of benefits for future generations.
The Medicare reform plan I support does just that.
Anyone who says otherwise is lying to you.


Congressman Tom Marino will be hosted a few "open houses" to meet with voters. Here is a listing of where and when from his website: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 3-5 p.m., 1020 Commerce Park Drive Suite 1A, Williamsport. Marino’s office is hosting a senior fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Triton Hose Co., West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Anyone interested in sponsoring a table at the event may call 570-836-8020.


At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did anyone "earn" medicare? By just not dying before they turned 65. Please what kind of conservative is Lou. We don't need to reform medicare, we need to discontinue it!~

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because seniors are the largest voting group, they cater to them saying not to worry but my children and grandchildren will have lots to worry about. Their idea of "fixing" Medicare for future generations is to gut the program so that the benefits available will cost almost nothing but the coverage will also be nil. They forget that are a generation that means sacrifice and share. We will not simply take what we can get and allow others to hang to dry. Why would they think the next generation will be in any better situation than we are now? We want and demand that Medicare and Social Security be left alone and benefits guaranteed. These representatives of the wealthy have no problem protecting the benefits of the rich while they throw us to the wolves. Stop or cut aide to foreign countries and use the money to shore up senior benefits. Pakistan allowed China to examine our downed special forces helicopter and our reaction to their betrayal was to cut 1/3 from their almost 3 billion dollar aide. Screw them, cut it completely and use the money to benefit Americans. Congress can always increase the amount of wages that Social Security and Medicare are paid on up to $500,000 per year and estimates are that if they extend the tax to that income bracket, our benefits will be covered for the remainder of this century. BUT NO, they won't make the rich pay into anything that does not help them grow richer. These two Congressmen are history! We must stick together and not allow these to birds to cripple our children and grandchildren. Stand up Americans and fight these single interest Congressmen and force them to represent we the people.

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 5:16
We need to Reform Medicare.
We need to Discontue WAR!!!

At 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barletta has got to be a one term and one kinda guy. The Dems must retake the house, keep the Senate and Whitehouse. To lose either would be a death knell for this country. I saw Kanjorski at dinner the other night and asked him if he would consider running to retake his seat. He smiled, but didn't reply. ANYone is better than what we have now. And keep your dirty rotten paws off both SS and Medicare!!

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:46 AM, if you want to continue the Barletta reign then talk Kanjorski into running again. What are you thinking of? Don't you realize that the only way Barletta could win last time was to have Kanjo hang on to the Democrat nomination. We need fresh blood and Vinsko is it. O'Brien would have been great but he took himself out of the mix. We all need to get behind Vinsko.

At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dismantle Soc. Security and medicare. they are drains on the producing workers of this country.
Stopping the war would be a good thing too. The big O seems to get us in deeper and deeper and in more countries than dub-ya


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