Back in the 1960s, conservative Republicans of that time WARNED that Medicare was a socialistic scheme that would ruin America — the same kind of alarmism that their ideological progeny are employing today in arguing against health-care reform.
So, a question arises: If those right-wingers of the ’60s were correct, why don’t today’s Republicans seek to repeal Medicare?
Answer: Such a move would be political suicide. Americans don’t want Medicare repealed.
In other words, those right-wingers of yore were wrong. And their ideological descendants of today are wrong, too.
POSTSCRIPT: Silly as it seems, some folks apparently don’t understand that Medicare is a government program.
Witness the guy at a recent town hall meeting in South Carolina who admonished his representative in Congress to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.” (Read about it HERE.)
Oh, and then there was the time nine years ago when George W. Bush, while campaigning for president, warned against Democrats who “want the federal government controlling the Social Security like it’s some sort of federal program.” (Read about it HERE.)
UPDATE: Nate Silver has a FEW THOUGHTS of his own regarding Medicare and health-care reform, including this observation:
To compare the President’s current reform efforts to Medicare is for all intents and purposes a Democratic talking point. That Republicans saw fit to include it in what was surely supposed to be a boffo editorial outlining their new plan suggests that they may talk their way out of stopping health care reform yet.