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I watched the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan, and I was a little taken aback by Biden’s attitude. Brit Hume of Fox News described Biden’s actions as “rude’, and I must say that I have to agree with that assessment. Biden resorted to the same old scare tactics that progressives fall back on when they don’t have the facts to back them up. I will use my wife and I for examples because we are both disabled and on Social Security Disability. We just got notice that our premiums are going up next year. Our total “our of pocket” expenses are going up $1500 from this year to 2013.  Co-pays are also going up on different aspects of our health care. Didn’t Obama say that his beloved Obamacare was going to take the cost of health care DOWN, not up? I’ll bet that if every senior on Medicare will check the new figures for their Medicare for next year, they too will find that costs have increased  Biden must have forgot to mention that fact last night.

Ryan brought up the fact that Obama and Biden have taken $716 BILLION out of Medicare to put into Obamacare. Biden said that that $716 BILLION was merely “over-payments” to hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, and the like. What he forgot to mention is the number of medical professionals, hospitals, and nursing facilities that will no longer accept Medicare patients because of the reimbursement rates being so far below fair market rates now. Biden also forgot to mention the number of medical professionals who are getting out of private practice, retiring, or choosing to not even go into health care because of the looming economic disaster after Obamacare goes into full effect in 2014.  Biden tried to say that middle class families would be hit hard by the Romney/Ryan Medicare reform plan. But the middle class is about to get hit with 12 NEW taxes that are currently incorporated in the Obamacare legislation that the DEMOCRATS passed! Biden and Obama LIED when they said they would not raise taxes on the middle class!  A lie is a lie no matter who tells it! I repeat something for those of you who are my age (60) or over: Biden and Obama have taken the first steps to dismantle Medicare as we all know it and are going to be putting your health decisions into the hands of a 15-member board that will be determining the kind of health care that you get REGARDLESS of what your doctor may tell you you need. Biden and Obama are accusing Romney/Ryan of wanting to do what they themselves are ALREADY doing! Romney/Ryan have a plan to REFORM Medicare, NOT destroy it! Obama and Biden have a plan to TAKE OVER health care; it is called Obamacare, and it is in writing  (all 2700 glorious pages of it) for all to care to read.

The government’s Cost Of Living Raises (COLA) that they give to seniors in their Medicare and Social Security is nothing but a joke. Inflation is currently pegged at 2.6%. It is that low because the government REMOVES the costs of energy (gas, natural gas, fuel oil, and coal) PLUS the cost of food from their inflation index BEFORE coming up with their inflation rate. Imagine, the government removes the two most volatile costs to average Americans (the everyday items that take the most out of your fixed income) and treat them as if they don’t exist. Therefore, your COLA simply offsets the increase (almost) of your Medicare premiums (not your co-pays) to keep you treading water while government employees enjoy hefty COLA raises that we pay through our taxes. Joe lied: the middle class continues to get screwed; and a lot of seniors, the disabled, and the chronically ill among us suffer. Americans of all economic levels continue to suffer because you and Obama lie, Joe!

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