There were two moves this week which were so idiotic I just have to ask, WTF?
First was Brandon Hantz giving someone else the immunity idol on Survivor, leading to him getting voted off.
Second was Ron Wyden joining Paul Ryan in proposing a plan which would destroy Medicare as we know it, denying seniors the security that they will receive adequate health care coverage. Fortunately many Democrats are already speaking out against the plan, such as one senior Democratic Congressional aide:
“For starters, this is bad policy and a complete political loser,” this aide said. “On top of the terrible politics, they even admit that it dismantles Medicare but achieves no budgetary savings while doing so — the worst of all worlds. Thanks for nothing.”
The White House is also concerned:
“We are concerned that Wyden-Ryan, like Congressman Ryan’s earlier proposal, would undermine, rather than strengthen, Medicare,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. “The Wyden-Ryan scheme could, over time, cause the traditional Medicare program to “wither on the vine” because it would raise premiums, forcing many seniors to leave traditional Medicare and join private plans. And it would shift costs from the government to seniors. At the end of the day, this plan would end Medicare as we know it for millions of seniors. Wyden-Ryan is the wrong way to reform Medicare.”