This is a few days old, but this “Meet The Press” exchange was one for the ages:
GREGORY: So, Ruth Marcus, what wins here: bold leadership on Medicare and the argument that the Democrats won’t do something courageous, or the Democrats who say, “Hey, those guys want to take away my Medicare”?
MARCUS: I regret to inform you that I think it’s the latter. And I think when you were asking Senator McConnell if Medicare was the new third rail of American politics, I think the question was wrong in a sense because it’s the old third rail of American politics.
MARCUS: This play has been run time after time. If you go back and look at the quotes from President Clinton back when he needed to win re-election, they sound a lot like the quotes from Democrats today about don’t let those Republicans take away your Medicare. The difference is that the debt is bigger, the deficit is bigger, the gap is bigger, and the situation is more dire. But I think that, sadly, the lesson of New York 26 is “mediscare” works.
I’ve said this a thousand times: what’s dire here is rising medical costs, not Medicare specifically. Moving from a more efficient public model for senior health-care to a less efficient private market only exacerbates this problem.
What gets me, though, is that we’re supposed to think it’s sad that American citizens are scared by the idea that they will be deprived of access to health care. We hear all this shit along the lines of “you like it when the bully punches you in the face don’t you dirty fucking hippie” whenever anyone opposes a new war, but when Americans refuse to bend over and take it from the Beltway-corporate complex, it’s sad. Don’t they know that big Bobo will always look out for their best interests?
If you’re not scared by the idea of letting the people who brought you the Iraq War redesign your health care system, you’re not paying attention.