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View Diary: BFD? WH Rules Out Medicare Eligibility Age Hike (58 comments)

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  •  I love this website! (2+ / 0-)

    I saw this news on Twitter and rushed over here in desperate need of a "this cracked glass is at least half empty" fix. And BOOM - there you are! I can now exhale, not that have ever, you know "inhaled!"

    •  the difference between us, I think... (3+ / 0-)

      is whether we trust the President's word. It's just as predictable that those who feel differently than I do will rush here to write diaries about what a BFD this is, even though it's a fairly off the cuff response that is not the final word.

      •  I'm not sure that's the difference between us. (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm definitely more of a glass half full optimist. But even that optimism is always tempered with caution. However when stories like this break, I believe in rewarding the good behavior with positive reinforcement rather than by repeating the same cynical skepticism already voiced by the diarist. It seems your distrust tips the scales toward the negative, while my cautious optimism has the opposite effect.

        As another commenter noted upthread, this doesn't seem like something to be celebrated. However raising the Medicare eligibility age would definitely help reduce the cost of the program (while just pushing the cost elsewhere). Given the stubbornness of our opposition, I see no harm in cheering for an affirmation of the status quo. While perhaps not a "victory" it's also not a defeat. Sometimes even that deserves a cheer. IMHO.

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