Pelosi: "We Have A Plan: It's Called Medicare"

Via Greg Sargent:

"It is a flag weve planted that we will protect and defend. We have a plan. Its called Medicare. - Nancy Pelosi

You know, this would be a winning political message for President Obama.

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    Hopefully (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by mmc9431 on Thu May 19, 2011 at 01:24:37 PM EST
    Obama and the other spineless Democrats that have signaled their willingness to gut the program, heard Nancy loud and clear.

    Gutting Medicare would severly damage the party for years to come.

    I wrote my Senator (Durbin) and told him I would never vote for any Democrat that gutted Medicare or S.S. With any luck, so did a lot of people. They need to know that our support isn't unconditional.

    Too bad he doesn't agree with her. (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by inclusiveheart on Thu May 19, 2011 at 02:33:04 PM EST

    Yup--the Dem Nancy MUST get on board to protect (none / 0) (#14)
    by jawbone on Fri May 20, 2011 at 12:27:48 PM EST
    Medicare (and SocSec) is Obama.  

    And it seems it's been his plan since before he entered the primaries to go after Medicare.  And SocSec.

    Obama may use Pelosi, but he doesn't use her to send messages such as hers to the DC Dems. She's useful for keeping voters' hopes alive and getting them to not turn against him right now.

    Beware, Nancy.

    Be scared, Americans.


    Maybe (none / 0) (#2)
    by someTV on Thu May 19, 2011 at 01:27:03 PM EST
    she's his messenger...

    One can only hope (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by mmc9431 on Thu May 19, 2011 at 02:26:16 PM EST
    The track record doesn't follow though. Pelosi has been left out on a limb way too many times. The Iraq War funding and HCR both come to mind.

    That was funny (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Romberry on Thu May 19, 2011 at 05:28:36 PM EST
    I literally LOL'd. Thanks!

    I must say . . . (none / 0) (#3)
    by nycstray on Thu May 19, 2011 at 01:45:30 PM EST
    it's better than the long form BC t-shirt . . . .

    IMO she has a better chance (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Thu May 19, 2011 at 02:04:35 PM EST
    Of getting her old title back than Reid has of keeping his.

    Actually, a no-brainer. (none / 0) (#5)
    by KeysDan on Thu May 19, 2011 at 02:11:39 PM EST
    However, President Obama does not seem to have expressed a similar message forcefully and repeatedly.  It seems as if this job is being left to others.   However, Medicare is important to the funding of the Affordable Health Care Act, so any reluctance to irritate Paul Ryan and House Republicans may have to be put aside.

    Except (none / 0) (#6)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Thu May 19, 2011 at 02:20:11 PM EST

    You know, this would be a winning political message for President Obama.

    Except seniors will need to buy even more expensive medi-gap policies to cover what Obama's board of experts decides Medicare will no longer pay for.

    Medicare has failed (none / 0) (#9)
    by diogenes on Thu May 19, 2011 at 03:33:44 PM EST
    1.  It is a check writing machine.  Take a trip to Florida to see how many people have excessive, self-referred visits to doctors to pass the time.
    2.  It has artificially low payments to providers; the system is propped up by private insurers who pay much more than medicare rates.
    3.  Many seniors have trouble finding doctors who are accepting new medicare patients.
    4.  Obamacare somehow has as a premise that provider payments will be reduced by 29% although Congress never allows this to go through.
    5.  You need medigap insurance and prescription drug insurance even if you have medicare.

    Fun game (5.00 / 4) (#10)
    by andgarden on Thu May 19, 2011 at 04:23:53 PM EST
    Which of diogenes's points contradict one-another?

    oooh ooh (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by CST on Thu May 19, 2011 at 04:36:59 PM EST
    1 and 3

    Ha ha good point (none / 0) (#13)
    by beowulf on Thu May 19, 2011 at 10:44:53 PM EST
    Medicare critics do like arguing that it spends too much and that it doesn't spend enough.