How many candidates ready to end Medicare?

Who knows, but Jeb Bush is simply following orders from his wealthy benefactors when he announced the other day that the U.S. ought to phase out Medicare.  Medicare is the federal program established in 1965 that provides health insurance to Americans once they’re 65 years of age and that has and continues to keep senior Americans from the cost of medical services that would surely bankrupt and send them into poverty without it. While he says that “we need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits, that are receiving the benefits, we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something.”  Once tinkering with Medicare gets underway, one wonders how long the current recipients would remain harmless while those to reach 65 later would most likely be at the mercy of private insurance companies with a return to the way things were before Medicare: Exorbitantly high premiums with the right of private insurers to withhold coverage for pre-existing conditions and a direct path to an early death for those who cannot pay the price. The way this could take place is by the rich putting up the big bucks to elect a Jeb Bush—or several other GOP hopefuls—who agree with the end to Medicare.  The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and many others have...

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