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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Medicare Premiums to Increase

Medicare Premium Increase Ahead

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I opened up an email the other day that made my eyes pop wide open. Among other information, it detailed the increases in Medicare premiums for the next few years per person, courtesy the Obama Healthcare program now in effect. Read on. Your eyes will bug out too.

2011 96.40

2012 104.20

2013 120.20

2014 247.00



The message went on to explain that the increases were deliberately delayed so as not to affect the outcome of the 2012 Re-Election Campaign of the president, an explanation that any voter who wasn’t blind could see during the rush to push the health bill through a couple years back.

Now while I’m fairly na├»ve about some things, politics ain’t one of them. I’m as spooky about political moves as an old maid schoolteacher standing in the middle of a saloon.

So, I decided to find out the truth about the increases.

I did what we all need to do this election (all elections really). I looked up the truth myself.

On page 234 of the 2010 Annual Medicare Trustee Report, https://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2010.pdf, I found the following figures.

2011 120.10

2012 113.80

2013 117.20

2014 123.10

2015 128.10

And premiums continue to increase until 2019 when they will be $160.10. Look it up for yourself.



Now the report said something else that made my blood run cold. ‘These figures are just estimates that can change at any time depending on legislation.”

“Goody,” say all the Pollyannas in Lalaville. “That means premiums might go down.”

“Humbug,” growls the Scrooges. “We know better. The government never cuts taxes.”

I don’t know about you, but $160 bucks in a big increase for me. As things stand now, that will be a 57% increase, and you can bet my fixed income won’t go up that much. How about yours?

Now, I agree, $160 isn’t as much as $247., but the way things are now in Washington, just how long do you think it will take the government to go from 2019’s $160 to $247?

Now, I want you to stop and think about something. Obama jammed this healthcare through without ninety-nine percent of the Senate and House members having read it or having been briefed by their aides as is usually the case.

That’s how he plays the game of politics. Case in point. Remember sometime back when the two houses were deadlocked over extending the debt ceiling?

Remember Obama’s threat that perhaps Social Security retirees, Military retirees, Social Securty Disability recepients; and Federal retirees might not be paid?

He was trying to scare us, a common rought and tumble Chicago-Style political move.

A friend of mine pointed out just whom he did not threaten.

He did not threaten to stop payments to illegal aliens.

He did not threaten to stop internet access or the Disney channel for violent criminals.

He did not threaten to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employess he’d hired.

He did not threaten to cut senators’ or representatives’ or their staffs’ salaries.

He did not try to stop his wife’s frivilous jaunts around the world.

He made no threat to stop welfare benefits, nor food stamp programs, nor foreign aid, nor anything involving his base voters.

Two months ago, pundits suddenly recognized that the president was in a full political re-election mode, and the at this very moment, propaganda spewing out of the White House is rewriting the history of the past three years.

(1984 hit it right on the nose, george)

And even as I write this, he is asking for more power so he can unilaterally make major decisions that could change the face of our country.

That’s the job of Congress, not a single individual who wants nothing more than to take hard-earned money from a working man’s pocket and give it to fourth generation welfare creeps.

And it isn’t just average schmucks like me, but now some of the misguided media are seeing what not enough of us saw three years ago.

Alan Caruba posted a very perceptive article concerning the president and the job he’s doing on the Wall Street Reader Comment Forum under the name of Eddie Sessions.

“I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he's led a kind of make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened because at some point early on somebody or some group (George Soros anybody?) took a look at this tall, good looking, half-white, half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim name and concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his speaking skills could even put him in the White House.”

Caruba went on to point how Obama’s lack of political experience. “All those ‘gilded years’ leading up to the White House have left him unprepared to be President. Left to his own instincts, he has a talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It swiftly,” continued Caruba, “Became a joke that he could not deliver even the briefest of statements without the ever-present tele-prompters.”

“Far worse,” wrote Caruba, “Is his capacity to want to ‘wish away’ some terrible realities, not the least of which is the Islamist intention to destroy America and enslave the west. Any student of history knows how swiftly Islam initially spread. Having gained a foothold in Spain, it began knocking on the door of Europe.”

With probably one of the most important elections in our history less than a year away, we must keep ourselves informed. Everywhere you’ll look, misleading garbage and outright lies will be flung in your face by both parties.

Take nothing at face value.

I don’t know which is worse, a president trying to turn our country into a socialistic one or an ignorant voter.

I think it is the latter. That’s how we got the former.

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