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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Welcome to the real world.
    I wasn't aware the real world was the ignorant regurgitation of various flavors of BS.

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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    A few quick thoughts:

    1. The outcome provides a snapshot at a specific point in time. It reflects sentiment expressed in a national Washington Post poll. It does not speak much about the 2012 election.
    2. The 2012 election will likely turn on the state of the economy and expectations for the economy going forward for the most part.
    3. There is a real need for policy makers to educate and inform the public on the overall fiscal challenges facing the nation, as the public's understanding of that issue is very poor. Failure to do so could create the kind of resistance that would make sustained credible fiscal consolidation impossible, no matter how it is structured (alternative approaches to the Medicare board or suggested vouchers could be devised).
    I respectfully disagree. This election provides a snapshot of what happens when the Republican vote is split between 2 candidates. Despite winning, the Democrat got under 50% of the vote. Had there only been the Republican in the race, and no Tea Party candidate, the district would have stayed red.
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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    Do you not understand what you just yelled?

    It mandated COVERAGE. It mandated that the councilling be paid for by MediCare.

    It did not mandate that you must recieve councilling.
    I know! I was yelling so maybe it'd break through his conditioning. Then I saw who it was.
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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    I know! I was yelling so maybe it'd break through his conditioning. Then I saw who it was.
    Sorry about that - in the stupidity of it all I lost track. Especially easy since he was saying the same thing and not getting what he was saying.

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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Dan beat me to my point. The Democrat only received 47% of the vote, and the rest was split between two candidates on the right. Also, the incumbent was caught sending questionable photos of himself to a woman online. This special election is not representative of what a normal election looks like. The circumstances are much different.
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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Dan beat me to my point. The Democrat only received 47% of the vote, and the rest was split between two candidates on the right. Also, the incumbent was caught sending questionable photos of himself to a woman online. This special election is not representative of what a normal election looks like. The circumstances are much different.
    Normally, I would agree with the point Danarhea raised. However, the reality is that Mr. Davis (the "Tea Party" candidate) is himself a democrat. Therefore, I don't believe one can fairly state that the "right" gained a majority vote. It is even more difficult to assert that a majority did not vote against a candidate who took a specific position on Medicare.

    Now, post-election, there are arguments that "scare tactics" were used. Such tactics are not new and their use was no surprise. It is incumbent on candidates to articulate their positions in a fashion that neutralizes the opposition's likely arguments.

    The reality is that Medicare needs to be reformed. The program as it is currently constructed is not fiscally sustainable. In the immediate term, the American public needs to be educated and informed on that reality. In the New York 26 race, no compelling case for such reform was articulated in a fashion that would have been embraced by the voters. The candidate could correctly have argued that maintaining the status quo is a false choice. That false choice will lead to exactly the outcome the critics fear when they decry the voucher proposal. Furthermore, the Republican candiate could have argued that the voucher approach offers one attempt--a first attempt--to address Medicare's long-run solvency. It is a first attempt at reforms aimed at assuring that senior citizens could retain health coverage. Finally, the candidate could have asserted that other alternatives may also be viable and then pledged to be open to giving any credible approach the serious consideration it would deserve.

    Fiscal consolidation is necessary given the nation's long-term imbalances. Selling it will be challenging. In addition to educating and informing voters about why fiscal consolidation is necessary, candidates will need to paint a positive picture that resonates with voters. Merely emphasizing crisis avoidance likely won't cut the muster except when a crisis is imminent or unfolding. By then, the sacrifices required to address the crisis might be so extreme that they are not politically feasible.

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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It's Obama that wants to create the death panels. How soon people forget.
    How easily people like you fall for ridiculous scare tactics.


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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Why were the death panels removed from the bill?
    Do you still beat your wife?


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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It's called The Independent Payment Advisory Board and they decide who gets to live and who gets to die.

    Welcome to the real world.
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA That, folks, is what happens when your only news source is Faux News and Limbaugh. In the words of Bugs Bunny, what a maroon.


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    Re: Democrat scores upset in Medicare-focused House race

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I don't understand this. Isn't Obamacare making cuts to medicare?
    They were supposed to but they decided to not to after the fact.
    Medicare Advantage plans were to have their funding reduced, but the president issued bonuses to the programs even when they did not meet the ObamaCare guidelines to receive the bonus.
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