Must-Read: Paul Krugman: Fire Phasers

Must-Read: Paul Krugman: Fire Phasers: “Jeb Bush doesn’t just want Americans to work more hours; he also wants to ‘phase out’ Medicare….

…Fact-checking organizations please note, by the way. The next time Democrats say that Republicans want to destroy Medicare, and Republicans start screaming that this is a lie, remember that when talking to their own people like Jeb themselves call what they’re proposing a plan to, yes, end Medicare…. The original idea… was that Medicare… a single-payer system of government insurance… could not act to control costs…. There was much sneering and scoffing at the… Affordable Care Ac[‘s] cost-saving measures…. But we’re now five years into… a spectacular slowdown in the growth of health costs, with the historical upward trend in Medicare costs…. How much credit should go to the ACA? Nobody really knows. But… the case that universal health insurance is affordable has never looked better. It’s amazing, isn’t it? Who could have imagined that conservatives would keep proposing the exact same policy despite strong evidence that they were wrong about the facts? Oh, wait.

July 31, 2015

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