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View Diary: The Kabuki Theater On The Fiscal Cliff Deal (344 comments)

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  •  Time to push back (8+ / 0-)

    "We have a spending problem" they say, as if these so-called "entitlements" are just "giving money away" to the "takers."

    Yes, and all those seniors are hoarding that money or spending it on gold-plated shower knobs or whatever.  Right.  

    You know what they're spending it on.  Food, shelter and medicine.

    And in that context the main "spending problem" we have is that health care costs are too damn high.   We're spending twice as much as any other country on health care and getting the same or worse outcomes.

    So any "deal" should not include cuts to the benefits they deserve as American citizens -- instead, it ought to include Phase II of health reform -- cutting provider costs by moving away from our failed healthcare model that rewards inefficiency.

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