The Democratic Party controls the White House, Congress, and Senate and, according to the Washington Examiner, they are so consumed with Healthcare that they are forgetting about seniors. For the first time since 1975, there will be no cost of living adjustment or COLA for seniors and the disabled that use social security and medicare. This will extend for the next two years.
Millions of seniors will now face less spending power because healthcare costs rise faster than inflation. By nature of their age or disability, social security recipients typically pay more in healthcare costs than most others.
This is a rather shocking development and one that smacks of hypocrisy. The Democratic Party regularly demonizes the Republican Party on the subject of cutting social security and medicare. They regularly try to scare seniors into believing that if a Republican were elected to office, their social security would be reduced. With absolute control of both the legislative and executive branch of government, the blame now falls directly on the shoulders of those same democrats that normally release these attacks.
In the video, you can see some of the Obama campaign mailers used in Florida on the subject of reductions as well as hear Rachel Maddow talk about how Medicare “works.”
If by works, she means is bankrupt, she is absolutely correct.
Incidentally, the Healthcare bill that is sucking all of the air out of the room also makes dramatic cuts to medicare. This Democrat inspired bill removes $156 billion from the Medicare Advantage alone. This will force seniors to pay higher premiums.
At the end of the day, the Democrats (not the Republicans) will be responsible for gutting Medicare with the Healthcare bill and reducing social security for millions of Americans…two of the biggest campaign boogey-men for Democrats. It will be interesting to see what new and innovative techniques they will employ to scare seniors into voting Democratic in the 2010 mid-terms.