Beck wants to abolish Medicare

Who does he speak for?  More people than just himself?  Is he saying what others have been careful not to say?

Beck attacked the new compromise and proposed a simple solution of his own — “abolish Medicare”:

CO-HOST: This is unbelievable, because the whole thing with the public option, is we were saying this is going to be like Medicare, they just want to make a big — make another Medicare program. And then they said no, public option is just competition.

BECK: And, wait wait wait. And I also said why don’t you just abolish Medicare, because it’s so wildly corrupt and out of control. It’s so inefficient, it is so bad and there’s $47 billion in suspected wrong payments, okay, in Medicare. So what are they saying — now remember, what we’re going to do — the compromise is we’re going to expand Medicare. That way there won’t be a public option, we’ll just — which doesn’t make any sense — we’re going to expand Medicare.

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19 responses to “Beck wants to abolish Medicare

  1. lilacluvr

    Let Beck speak and we’ll see how many of those town hall protesters and tea baggers line up to applaud for him.

    But don’t worry, when Rep Weiner proposed the bill to abolish Medicare – not one single Republican signed on to it. So the idea that Republicans will be knocking on Beck’s door anytime soon may be just a fantasy.

    But, who knows, maybe Sarah Palin and Beck will team up and get all those RINO’s out of the grand old party and really get rid of Medicare.

    If they do that, then expect Medicaid to explode. I wonder if these geniuses have figured that one out yet??

  2. It seems to me that abolishing Medicare, if perceived to be led by the GOP, will be political suicide. Whigs, anyone?

  3. So even if a politician wanted to abolish Medicare they couldn’t get that one done. They do a lot they shouldn’t, they get by with a lot we shouldn’t allow them to, but there are limits that even they recognize.

    Do you think any Republican politician will comment on Beck’s statement?

    • lilacluvr

      Did any Republican politician comment on Beck’s saying that Palin would be a ‘yapper’??

      Beck totally dissed Sarah Palin with his comments about her but I’ve not heard a single Republican politicians or her supporters say demand that he apologize to her – or did I miss the outrage?

      Republican politicians will treat Beck like a venomous snake. As long as they are the ones in control of where that venom goes – then they are more than happy to use the mouthpiece.

      But when that snake turns on their own ‘sacred cow’, then he will be left to twirl in the wind.

  4. lilacluvr

    Beck might just be trying to one-up Rush on all the outlandish comments he can make.

    Maybe Beck is starting to believe his own media hype that he is so popular??

    Pride goeth before the fall – doesn’t it?

  5. Beck (and Rush and Olbermann and Maddow, et al) owe their continued existence to their ability to “sell soap”. No soap sold by the advertisers, no continuing forum of the type and kind each currently enjoys.

  6. That is it in a nutshell, 6176!

    And what garners more viewers than controversy?

  7. lilacluvr

    It is true that a train wreck will always draw the biggest crowd.

  8. “If it bleeds, it leads” sums it up, does it not?

  9. PrairiePond

    Heheheheh.

    “When it cries, it flies!”

  10. Beck: … And I also said why don’t you just abolish Medicare, because it’s so wildly corrupt and out of control. It’s so inefficient, it is so bad and there’s $47 billion in suspected wrong payments, okay, in Medicare. So what are they saying — now remember, what we’re going to do — the compromise is we’re going to expand Medicare. ”

    So who makes Medicare so WILDLY corrupt? It’s the doctors, nursing home corporations, hospital corporations, insurance companies and middle men that you’ve never heard of that are fraudulently billing, running up costs, etc.

    Beck wants you to trust THOSE people to do the right things, wants THOSE people to keep control of our healthcare system. And he thinks it’s crazy to expand Medicare, which might give the government a little more control over things?

    Yeah, we’re the ones that are crazy.

    (caption for photo above: “And it has BIG SHARP teeth…”

  11. Medicare has proven more efficient and better at controlling costs than private insurance too.

  12. lilacluvr

    Medicare has implemented some new auditing requirements in the pharmacy industry.

    Seems the pharmacies have to prove each and every prescription that we fill for Medicare as being valid, filled with the proper med and delivered to the proper person.

    Some in the pharmacy industry are upset about Medicare sending these auditors out to look at our records – but I think it is a good idea.

    The way the system is set up – there is too much temptation and too much accessibility to bill fraudulent claims. Everything we do is done electronically, so I think it is a good thing that Medicare is actually sending real people out to view actual paper records.

    And if the pharmacies are not doing anything wrong, then why are they so afraid of being asked some basic simple questions as to if the correct patient really did receive the drug?

    Of course, the argument I hear is that government is being too intrusive. Pardon me, but the government is paying for that drug and has every right to see to it that the patient actually received the drug. That is not being intrusive – that is being good stewards of our tax dollars.

    When I hear the anti-government rhetoric, I always say ‘then do not participate in Medicare if you don’t like their rules’.

    The kicker to this is – private health insurance carriers do the same thing – and I don’t hear a peep out of the anti-government crowd about them being intrusive..

    • Exactly, lilac; nary a peep when it is the private insurer who conducts an audit. From my perspective, this is an attempt to elevate a distinction without a difference into one with a difference.

      • lilacluvr

        And, also, perhaps to make the government an enemy that one needs millions of fund raising dollars to fight?

  13. G-stir

    Doesn’t it really make more sence to abolish Beck?

  14. G-stir

    make that sense. Typo courtesy of my 10 worst friends!