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  •  i agree with you to a degree... (4+ / 0-)

    while it appears that mr. obama has made some adjustments to his negotiation style, it does not represent the sort of sea change that is needed.  

    i find that his rhetoric on social security and the rest of the social safety net has not changed and still leaves ample weasel room for him to agree to the sort of "compromise" that was on the table in bowles-simpson and the other succeeding attempts at sacrificing the middle class "compromise."

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:13:57 PM PST

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    •  I'm still a skeptic on policy (4+ / 0-)

      I don't mind smart cuts to Medicare over the long term -- there are changes in how health care is delivered that can deliver those, and my group is starting to change the structure of our practice to meet those goals already set.  It's not a stretch to think further savings in Medicare would provide equally good care, especially drug price negotiation.

      Social Security cuts, like chained-CPI, have to be strongly resisted.  I don't hear a lot of clamor for that from Democrats, but won't be in the least surprised if the White House "gives in" to Republicans in last-minute negotiations.

      The second term hasn't even started, so I'm watching and waiting.  I'm hopeful that the change in tactics will presage a change in policy orientation, but won't be in the least surprised to be disappointed.

      Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

      by Dallasdoc on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:00:18 PM PST

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      •  i agree that smart cuts to medicare could be made (1+ / 0-)
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        but i have lost my faith that this administration (which seems so beholden to big pharma, the insurance industry and others) can be trusted to make those.

        for example, just negotiating drug prices would amount to a major cut in medicare costs, but that never seems to wind up on the table, while raising the age of eligibility seems to be the first thing on the mind of the "cutters."  

        i hope that either something unexpectedly good comes out of this, or that the stubborn intransigence of republicans saves us from a bad deal.

        i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

        by joe shikspack on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:04:04 PM PST

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