Mar. 28, 2014

Doesn't ACA Oppostion Remind you of 1960's Medicare Battles?

Time to return to the GOOD OLD DAYS of Republican opposition. Here are some memorable quotes and flip flops on Medicare from some very notable VIPs in the GOP world...

Ronald Reagan (1965) : “If you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” 

Ronald Reagan (1980 to Jimmy Carter): There you go again. When I opposed Medicare, there was another piece of legislation meeting the same problem before the Congress. I happened to favor the other piece of legislation and thought that it would be better for the senior citizens and provide better care than the one that was finally passed. I was not opposing the principle of providing care for them. I was opposing one piece of legislation versus another.

Barry Goldwater: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.” [1964]

Goldwater even stopped campaigning against LBJ to fly back to D.C. to vote "No" on Medicare. It is known as a big reason he was trounced in that Presidential election.

Bob Dole: “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare . . . because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.” 

In 2006 during Medicare D rollout:  "AcrossAmerica, I see Part D pricing working," said Dole. "When you've got a lot ofpeople out there competing for somebody's business, prices are going to come down. After only one year, these Success Stories are a testament to the realsavings and satisfaction associated with the Part D benefit."

Guess who spoke these words..."Three years ago, I proposed a major health insurance program to the Congress, seeking to guarantee adequate financing of health care on a nationwide basis. That proposal generated widespread discussion and useful debate. But no legislation reached my desk."

Richard Nixon. He was a BIG proponent of Health Care Reform.

Here is some more from that 1974 speech on Health Care Reform: "First, it offers every American an opportunity to obtain a balanced, comprehensive range of health insurance benefits;Second, it will cost no American more than he can afford to pay; Third, it builds on the strength and diversity of our existing public and private systems of health financing and harmonizes them into an overall system..."

Does this sound familiar?

My point is MOST, but not all Republicans will fight tooth and nail against government programs the Democrats get through. They continue to figh against the ACA, which was their own idea several years back. 

In 2006, then MA. R-Governor Mitt Romney even passed the law in his own state and then later disavowed it in order to pander to the right wing base of his party. This is gutless, soul-less garbage. 

For the GOP to try to repeal a LAW that gives millions of uninsured Americans a chance for reasonably-priced health care is unforgiveable. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Individual Mandate.

These people need to get over themselves and help make the law work. Do your job people. You are fighting a losing battle. 

My gut instinct tells me that by November, this tatctic of running against Obamacare will bite them in the ass.

There was blowback to Social Security starting in the 1920's throughout the 1930's, even to this day. Social Security has benefitted Republicans and Democrats politically for decades.

It is important for these politicians to be on the right side of history when all is said and done.

Ronald Reagan EVOLVED over the years, but made his name on opposing things like Medicare. He was against assualt weapons, yet the current crop of Republicans overlook his actual views on certain issues and embrace their fantasy of Reagan.

This generation is not buying it throughout the entire country, but in small GOP pockets, the myth is more exciting than the truth.

Reagan embraced Medicare as President, yet staunchly opposed it in its infant days.

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, PLEASE read your actual history and make the ACA work.