Navigation Links
End Widespread Myth Social Security Faltering, but Fix Medicare Urge Ex-Hill Committee on Aging Chief/National Democratic Strategist Robert Weiner and Former Senior Hill Aide John Larmett in Palm Beach Post Op-Ed
Date:8/3/2008

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "It's time to end the widespread myth that Social Security is faltering; the real problem is Medicare," say ex-U.S. House Committee on Aging Chief of Staff Robert Weiner (also a former White House senior staff member) and former senior Hill aide John Larmett in a Palm Beach Post op-ed published today.

"Presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, has called Social Security funding 'a disgrace' and asserted 'Everything is on the table,' including his desire to convert at least a portion to private accounts," Weiner and Larmett point out.

But Weiner and Larmett argue that calls "to 'reform' Social Security through risky privatization are a cry-wolf, granny-you're-on-your-own, Wall Street giveaway - turning Social Security from a guarantee to a gamble."

"The Congressional Budget Office has reported each of the past five years that Social Security will be fully solvent through 2052, and after that will be 80% funded - able to pay more actual benefits than now. One third of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, or one-third of the cost of the Iraq War would cover the possible shortfall. We have the money," the two point out.

Weiner and Larmett contend, "The real problem is Medicare. Soaring healthcare costs are driving the entitlement to grow at a rate much faster than the U.S. economy. The hospital insurance trust fund will be exhausted by 2019."

They assert, "We can't keep blindly passing Medicare's costs on to future generations or allow its benefits to whittle down to being nearly meaningless."

"Health providers block the few real steps Congress attempts, including legislation to authorize Medicare to negotiate best rates with pharmaceutical companies and to allow patients to import safe, affordable drugs. Medical provider lobbyists for doctors, hospitals, and the drug companies often override any desire to restrain costs through cheaper treatment with industry self-interest or the perception that more expensive treatments are in order."

Weiner and Larmett conclude that "a national health insurance plan could absorb and fix Medicare's problems. Failing that, increases in federal payments and possibly higher contributions by wealthy beneficiaries may be needed."

LINK to article: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/opinion/epaper/2008/08/03/a1e_ iw_ weiner_0803.html

Contact: Bob Weiner/John Larmett, 301-283-0821, or 202-329-1700


'/>"/>
SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Racial Disparities Widespread in Kidney Patient Outcomes
2. Widespread airbag use could result in dramatic cost savings for US trauma centers
3. Disordered Eating Is Widespread Among U.S. Women
4. American Life League: Planned Parenthood Scandals Widespread
5. Study finds widespread care disparities in Medi-Cal program
6. Video: Studies: Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Best Way to Overcome Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency
7. Flu Widespread in U.S., but Vaccine Is Poor Match
8. Mylan Confirms Its Matrix Design Fentanyl Patch Is Not Included In the Widespread Recall Announced February 12th
9. MedeFile Applauds U.S. Presidential Hopefuls for Advocating Widespread Adoption of Electronic Medical Records
10. Study finds widespread vitamin and mineral use among cancer survivors
11. Report Finds Widespread Steroid Use in Baseball
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/24/2017)... Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... natural chai teas, announced its products are now available for purchase on RevNutrition.com, a ... ancient form of tea first produced and popularized in ancient India and Siam. It ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... healthcare compliance and credentialing solutions, today announced that Kyle Allain has joined the ... Cactus Provider Management sales and operations, including provider, payor and managed care solutions. ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... to be diagnosed globally; approximately 25,000 of them will be malignant.(1) As research ... of this type of healthcare model in the diagnosis and treatment of brain ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... IL (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... Rod ... the Senior Housing News website. , Rod has been at the forefront of Gardant ... company’s culture. As CEO, Rod has overseen the opening of more than 40 new ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... As a former supermodel known for ... The good news for single women is that she put all the words in ... April 25th. Joan's insight, personal experiences and sparkling sense of humor have inspired her ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017  Cogentix Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... providing the Urology, Uro/Gyn and Gynecology markets with ... Keswani has joined the Company as Senior Vice ... created position, Mr. Keswani will report directly to ... "Our organization is delighted that Ash has ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017  RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), ... address significant unmet medical needs, today announced that ... consumer product development program, based on its proprietary ... Investigative Dermatology (SID) 76 th Annual Meeting.  ... the sciences relevant to skin health and disease ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today ... C virus (HCV) infected patients with genotype 1, ... (Child-Pugh A) achieved sustained virologic response at 12 ... pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P). These high SVR ... of G/P treatment without ribavirin. Patients with specific ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: