A Plan to “Do away with Medicaid and Medicare”: Tommy Thompson Admitted It, Paul Ryan Lies About It

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This post’s Featured Wisconsin Blogger is AnnieJo of DailyKos

When Wisconsin Senate candidate Tommy “Friend of Ted Nugent” Thompson spoke to a Tea Party group in Oconomowoc, WI back in May he said, that he would “do away” with Medicaid and Medicare.

Did he really say that? Yes. Here’s just a bit more context:

… be able to take away the litigation that the trial lawyers are doing, so that doctors don’t have to keep doing extra things to protect themselves from getting sued, which drives up our costs; change Medicare and Medicaid like I did welfare — and who better than me, who’s already finished one of the entitlement programs, to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare? Let’s block-grant what the state has, and allow the states to determine what’s going to go into Medicaid. And Medicare, let’s wait until everyone that’s right now under 55 reaches 55 by age [sic] 2020, and give them a choice whether they want to purchase health insurance with a subsidy from the federal government, or stay on Medicare. I’m here to tell you, when you look at the situation nobody’s going to accept it, because Medicare’s going broke by the year 2022.

In response to this, blogger AnnieJo wrote:

I think that Thompson is being honest in that speech. The idea really is to render these programs unrecognizable, as they whittle them down and divert the remaining public monies into private-insurance pockets. The Ryan/Thompson/Romney/GOP plan to block-grant, slash and privatize is indeed intended to be the end of Medicaid and Medicare — and Tommy feels no compunction to add the “as we know it” (at least when he’s speaking to a friendly audience) because it really isn’t needed.

Head over to The Plan to Do Away w/ Medicaid and Medicare: Tommy Thompson (WI-Sen) Admitted It, Paul Ryan Lies to read more, see the video, see what others have to say in the roughly 48 comments there, AND, learn what you can do to put a monkey wrench in Tommy Thompson’s plans.

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