Senate votes down controversial House budget
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press – 2 hrs 30 mins ago
WASHINGTON – Joined by several moderate Republicans, Democrats controlling the Senate rejected a controversial House budget plan for turning Medicare into a voucher-like program for future beneficiaries.
Five Republicans joined every Democrat in the 57-40 vote killing the measure, which calls for transforming Medicare into a program in which future beneficiaries — people now 54 years old and younger — would be given a subsidy to purchase health insurance rather than have the government directly pay hospital and doctor bills.
So what would this bill have really done? It would have given all medicare money to private corporations. Those who bought their insurance with these "Vouchers" would have received the lowest level of care available. Those with the vouchers and another $2k to spend per month on healthcare would receive the finest treatment in all the land. This would have created a two teared healthcare system in America with separate hospitals and other facilities for the two classes and even different doctors. DOs and MDs from local less accredited med schools would work in one level of facilities and MDs from the finer schools would work in the higher level healthcare facilities. The entire complex would be run by corporations whose sole purpose would be to make as much profit as possible. IF that thought doesn't terrify you, then you are not thinking.
When is America going to get tired of these corporate whores taking shots at the very fabric of our society? When are we going to get tired of all our resources going into the pockets of the corporate elite uber rich?