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To Kill (a) Medicare March 20, 2012

Posted by rogerhollander in Health, Seniors.
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The House Republicans’ plan to end Medicare as we know it is coming back this week. Please take this opportunity to share information about this reckless plan with your friends and family.

The House GOP budget would fundamentally change Medicare from a single-payer plan that provides guaranteed benefits and coverage into a voucher plan designed to pay a portion of premiums to private insurance companies.

Representative Paul Ryan’s budget plan would so drastically change the way America’s seniors are provided health care coverage that it becomes a completely unrecognizable, inferior and dangerous program.

The Ryan plan essentially would revoke the guarantees that provide seniors and people with disabilities a specific set of benefits and services, replacing it with vouchers covering a portion of premiums to private insurance companies. If Republicans get rid of the guarantees to benefits and services, it will destroy the Medicare program that seniors have relied on for nearly 50 years. They talk about providing a traditional Medicare option at first, but the way they designed this guarantees it will soon fail and have to be eliminated.

We have paid into the Medicare system our entire working lives. Under the GOP’s plan, guaranteed coverage would be phased out over time. When we retire, whether that’s in 10 years or 40, we would be enrolling in a Medicare system based solely on private insurance companies.

Private insurers seek to maximize profits while minimizing costs. This leads to a health care system that wasn’t designed to ensure that seniors get quality care, but instead is designed to line the pockets of insurance company executives.

Click here to share information about this dangerous plan with your friends and family.

In the coming weeks we will send you more information about this attack on Medicare.

Best Wishes,

Will O’Neill Health Care for America Now



Old as the Hills December 22, 2009

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A friend sent me the following Email (December 22, 2009). I scored 15/15 on the quiz at the end which I guess makes me as old as the hills:



Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?’ 


‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him.


 ‘All the food was slow.’  


‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’ 



‘It was a place called ‘at home,” I explained. ! 


‘Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we

sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like

what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like


By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was


going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the


part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. 


But here are some other things I would have told him about my


childhood if I figured his system could have handled it : 


Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis , set


foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit




My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that


weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). 


We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 19. 


It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air

at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about

God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was

usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local



I never had a telephone in my room.The only phone was on a


party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure


some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line. 


Pizzas were not delivered to our home… But milk was. 


All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered


newspapers my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a


week.  He had to get up at 6AM every morning. 


Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the

movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were

responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without

profanity or violence or most anything offensive. 

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you


may want to share some of these memories with your children or


grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.  


Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it? 


MEMORIES from a friend : 


My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother’s house (she died in


December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In


the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew


immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She


thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I


knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to


‘sprinkle’ clothes with because we didn’t have steam irons. Man, I


am old.



How many do you remember?



Head lights dimmer switches on the floor. 


Ignition switches on the dashboard. 


Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.  


Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner. 


Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.


Older Than Dirt Quiz :



Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told




Ratings at the bottom. 

1.Candy cigarettes

2.Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes

3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles

4. Party lines on the telephone

5.Newsreels before the movie

6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and

were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there

were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])


8. Howdy Doody

9. 45 RPM records


11. Metal ice trays with lever

12. Blue flashbulb

13.Cork popguns

14. Studebakers

15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You’re still young

If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older

If you remembered 7-10  = Don’t tell your age,

If you remembered 11-15 =You’re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories

are some of the best parts of my life.

Don’t forget to pass this along!!

Especially to all your really OLD





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