Editorial: Attack ads fuel an unhealthy debate

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  • Updated: September 21, 2012 - 7:36 PM

Medicare, focus of latest howler, needs honest discussion.

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kemboiSep. 22, 12 6:51 AM

You don't need attack ads against Chip Craavack. The facts are damning enough: He lives in New Hampshire and Washington, DC, yet represents the MN 8 Congressional district. He is staunchly anti-union, but happily receives $92,000 a year in disability payments from Delta Airlines for the sleep apnea that grounded his pilot career (does that make him one of Romney's 47%?). He claims to dislike big government and voted to cut Pell grants for 23,000 MN students, but voted against cutting a $3 billion program for an alternative engine system for the F-35 fighter jet (US Defense Secretary Robert Gates had asked for the cancellation of the jet engine project). Who the heck is Chip Cravaack (sounds like he's big government and pro-union when it suits his needs)? And why doesn't he at least live in the state?

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comment229Sep. 22, 12 7:03 AM

"Consensus is key to reforming this popular program." And this author is living in a dream world. When McConnell and company came out with their "do anything to make Obama a one term president" they put their political party before the country. They reinforced that with the Nordquist petition. If Obama gets re-elected, I hope there is compromise and then consensus. If Romney gets elected, will a democrat in the senate stand up and say "we are going to make Romney a one term president" or "you lie!" (how does it feel republicans?) If so, it will be four more years of no compromise, bickering and failure. Is there a solution to this dilemma? There sure is, but I don't think either political party has the guts to propose legislation for such issues as campaign reform, eliminating the electoral college, eliminating PACs, setting up a non-partisan media board that only allows positive campaign messages about their own aspirations without comment on their opponent, and the list goes on. It's time to clean it up America or it can only get worse. Haven't you had enough?

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drichmnSep. 22, 12 7:58 AM

A Republican PAC that's lying about Medicare and Obamacare? Nothing new about that. And as this editorial points out, they are getting more and more ludicrous.

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kkjerSep. 22, 12 8:40 AM

I have no idea why people are afraid of socialized medicine. I went on Medicare almost 5 years ago, prior to that I had employer sponsored group insurance my entire working life. There is no doubt in my mind that Medicare is far better than any group insurance I ever had. They need to improve prescription drug coverage, but that is in the works. One thing most people don't realize also is that even with group insurance, prescription drug plans are negotiated separately from the health plans.

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ranger1873Sep. 22, 12 8:52 AM

What do I think? I think the Congressional Budget Office has said that the implementation of Deathcare will take $700,000,000,000 from Medicare. And I think a newspaper that will do or say anything to help elect Democrats is showing its mendacity by attacking Chip Craavack for speaking the truth. We can see November from our houses. Bring it on.

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myob_STSep. 22, 12 9:02 AM

It's because of the label: "socialized" medicine. If it'd been called GroupMed or something fun from the beginning, I doubt we would still be arguing about it. We need single payer health insurance!

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guessagainSep. 22, 12 9:23 AM

ranger1873: "What do I think? I think the Congressional Budget Office has said that the implementation of Deathcare will take $700,000,000,000 from Medicare." Then you're not actually going through the process of "thought". If you had you would understand that cutting $716 billion from the COST of Medicare makes it much more solvent for a longer period without cutting a penny of BENEFITS for Medicare participants. If you just accept the right-wing prevarication about the $716 billion savings as being a cut in benefits (which it is NOT), then you are missing the boat entirely.

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privateeyeSep. 22, 12 9:41 AM

Attack ads AND partisan cable shows on both ends of the spectrum. We all need to pledge to better our knowledge of the issues and try to learn something new each day rather than watch commentators who spew the same garbage and lies each day.

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alansonSep. 22, 12 9:52 AM

As in Europe single payer health care (Medicare + Medicaid) is a financial disaster for the country. Slowly but surely the unbearable cost of these programs will eliminate patient choice from the health care system.

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spartavilleSep. 22, 1211:47 AM

Similar to perjury, it's time people start going to jail for their political lies and woefully misleading statements. This is akin to voter fraud but is far more prevalent than anything you'll ever see on election day.

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