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Yes, The House GOP Voted To End Medicare

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Yes, The House GOP Voted To End Medicare"

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Via Paul Krugman, Politico writes:

DCCC will be out today with a brutal (and misleading) slogan, “VOTE REPUBLICAN – END MEDICARE”

I don’t normally like to just repeat things, but I think it’s important for all progressives on the Internet to draw a line in the sand under this one. There is nothing even slightly misleading about that slogan. “Medicare” refers to a single-payer universal health insurance program instituted by the Social Security Act of 1965. If a political movement committed to having that program “wither on the vine” and die puts forward a bill to abolish that program and replace it with a system of private vouchers, then it doesn’t matter whether or not the voucher program is still called Medicare. That’s what House Republicans voted to do, and there’s nothing even slightly misleading about calling this an effort to end Medicare. What’s misleading is the effort to use nomenclature to obscure the nature of the change.

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