About the days. I'm not confused about rights and needs. Medicare is a valuable and needed program that makes our society a little more decent. No surprise, Democrats and Republicans are teaming up to gut it. Patrick Martin (WSWS) explains:
America in 2011 is a vast catalogue of unmet social needs. Yet the spokesmen for the ruling elite preach austerity and sacrifice and warn sanctimoniously that “we” must give up our “spendthrift” ways. They attack, not the fraud and speculation of the banks, mortgage lenders and hedge funds that triggered the 2008 Wall Street crash, nor the profit-gouging of the oil companies, but the health care needs of the elderly, the poor and the disabled.
The Obama administration’s policies, in health care as in every other sphere, are tailored to the interests and demands of the financial elite. As the Times itself all but admits in its editorial, the Obama health care plan was not a progressive reform, but the first step in an assault on social benefits. It is part of an escalating campaign to eliminate every social gain of the working class made in the 20th century, in the United States and internationally.
The Socialist Equality Party rejects the entire framework of the debate within the political establishment. The claim that there is no alternative to cuts in Medicare and other social programs is a fraud. Vast wealth has been accumulated by a financial aristocracy which has exploited the economic crisis to loot the public treasury.
As an initial step to preserve and expand health care programs upon which millions of people depend, the SEP proposes a sharp increase in taxes on the wealthy. Even a 10 percent wealth tax on the top one percent would yield more than $1.5 trillion. Corporations are sitting on trillions of dollars in cash. Global hedge fund assets have topped $2 trillion.
Meanwhile, we're supposed to start cheering for the Gutter we like best: Barack or Paul Ryan. Cheer them on in destroying our safety net. This is from Glenn Thrush and Abby Phillip:
Obama immediately pushed back by accusing the GOP of mischaracterizing his own plans, suggesting they had intentionally distorted his health care reforms, including a gradual $500 billion reduction in Medicare advantage plans, extra insurance often purchased by middle-income seniors.A pox on both their houses.
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