Senate votes to keep Medicare cuts in health bill
…the Senate rejected a Republican bid Thursday to stave off Medicare cuts…
Senators voted 58-42 to reject an amendment by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would have stripped more than $400 billion in Medicare cuts from the nearly $1 trillion measure.
Republicans said the proposed cuts to health insurance plans and medical providers mean seniors in the popular Medicare Advantage program will lose benefits.
…Democrats said seniors will not lose any guaranteed benefits. The cuts — amounting to a 2 percent slowdown in spending — will help keep Medicare solvent by making it more efficient, they contended.
The Medicare vote went to the heart of seniors' concerns that cuts from the program used to finance coverage for the uninsured will undermine the quality of their care.
If the National Football League’s revenue
comes from television contracts, licensed paraphernalia, and ticket sales
and divided up between teams in two conferences
and special interest and corporate contributions
are relatively divided up between two political parties
depending on who currently holds more power
do most fans and constituents tend to cheer for their team
even though the financial foundations of both systems
enrich both sides of the same businesses
who exclude all and/or most of the nonaffiliated from participation?
Why are there only two powerful American political parties?
In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence
In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee
who is incompetent to carry out his duties
Work is accomplished by those employees
who have not yet reached their level of incompetence
Dr Laurence J Peter
What should the electorate expect
from leadership dependent on the status quo?
Has the two party system
reached an unsustainable level of incompetence?