For more than a a hundred million years there have been two absolute certainties in life. Two constants that are integral in balancing out the randomness of the universe. Two universal truths that you can absolutely count on.
- Taxes (It’s a little known fact that even dinosaurs paid taxes. Recent archeological evidence uncovered has revealed that a little more than 65 million years ago a “conservative” dinosaur was elected dinosaur president and almost immediately cut taxes on the rich dinosaurs in a completely futile and ridiculous attempt to stimulate the dino-economy. Not only was it a miserable failure, it eventually resulted in massive agency cutbacks and the closing of the DMDA, the Dinosaur Meteorite Detection Agency (See #1).
- An astonishingly large number of hard-working, decent Americans will, given the choice, vote against their own best interest in favor of the interest of the corporations.
- There seems to be some correlation between a person’s age and how emphatically they will argue a point and make sweeping generalizations on a subject they are woefully misinformed on. (Hint on the age: People aren’t getting wiser with years.)
One hundred million years later two more certainties have been added to that list.
A large number of seniors “mistakenly believe the law includes provisions that cut some previously universal Medicare benefits” and 36% think that the law creates ‘death panels.’ Also, only 14 percent of seniors know that the law will increase the Medicare Part A trust fund by 12 years “and nearly half (45%) of seniors think the health reform law will weaken the financial condition of the fund. ”
One of the GOP’s favorite tactics besides fear-mongering is blatantly doling out misinformation to keep people in the dark. It’s just another form of fear-mongering considering most people are afraid of the unknown.
Considering senior citizens make up a large part of the Republican demographic that it would be in their best interest to inform their constituents. Of course that would mean setting aside the partisanship and actually caring enough about your core group of supporters enough to give them the facts and allow them to make the decision for themselves.
- Only 14% of seniors knew that the law does not cut Medicare payments to doctors; 45% answered incorrectly and 41% said they did not know.
- Only 24% of seniors knew that it is projected to extend the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund.
- Only 28% knew that the law improves the availability of long-term care at home for seniors with disabilities.
- Only 22% knew about improvements in chronic care.
- Only 33% knew about the new, free yearly wellness visit Medicare will now provide.
- Two out of three seniors either did not know (43%) or gave the wrong answer about the future growth of Medicare spending. Only 34% knew that it will continue to grow under the new law, just more slowly.
It’s pretty alarming to think that with the seemingly limitless amount of information we have at our fingertips, people seem to be misinformed now more than ever.
[Image courtesy of Natalie Dee]