I was stunned today to read that the McCain campaign admitted that their plan to fund healthcare reform includes cutting up to $1.3 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid.


Still reeling from the analysis that their health care plan would cost millions of Americans their health care coverage, McCain must be crazy if he thinks that this is the way to get votes in the kind of economy we’ve got right now. Plus, if you need to compete in PA and FL, does it make a lot of sense to give seniors a key reason to vote against you?

Who’s running that campaign, anyway?


October 6, 2008. '08 election.


  1. Jennifer (ponderosa) replied:

    Yesterday my mother-in-law told me that her doctor had dumped her. My MIL has some long-standing, non-life-threatening health issues and finally about 6 years ago found this doctor, who has really helped her and who she absolutely loves — and the doctor dumped her. In fact the doctor dumped every single one of her Medicare patients. The doc said she’d been spending one full workday a week just dealing with Medicare.

    So, please, please tell me that Obama’s plan, which would (if I understand right?) create a kind of Medicare that anyone could purchase — that is, gov’t-offered insurance — also includes a way of fixing the existing system. Because what good is govt-offered insurance if no doctor will accept it?

  2. Jennifer (ponderosa) replied:

    Note that I don’t think McCain’s plan is better. In fact McCain’s plan is so bad that I think my husband, a life-long Republican, would vote against him just because of it. A tax credit so that we can “shop around” for better coverage. As if there were some cheaper insurance out there but I just don’t have enough incentive to find it! Give me a break.

  3. Anjali replied:

    I had not heard that. Wow. That makes me sick. Literally and figuratively.

  4. landismom replied:

    Jennifer–I totally hear you. I have had known plenty of folks on Medicaid who had similar experiences. I do believe, personally, that if 47 million more people were on some kind of Medicare-like plan, it would make it worth the while of the doctors to deal with that plan. Of course it would also help, I imagine, to have more primary care physicians, instead of specialists, and I don’t think either of the presidential candidates is getting that far into the weeds.

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