Politicians are attacking Medicare and Medicaid on all sides--Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama's national health care bill will slash hundreds of billions from Medicare over the next decade, an act supported by so-called "progressive" Democrats. Soon after this "victory" Obama created the Super Committee to balance the budget, which included automatic "triggers"-- if no decision was reached -- that are now slated to cut $600 billion more from Medicare.
On a state-by-state basis, Medicaid -- a program that provides health care to the poor -- is being cut in virtually every state, where they are using their manufactured budget crises as an excuse. This under-funding of Medicaid has created a lack of doctors for patients, according to USA today:
"With a shortage of doctors...[Medicaid] patients have little choice but to use hospital emergency rooms for more routine care." (July 5th, 2011).
There's an old saying about looking at the world through rosy colored glasses. It supposedly means that when we see the world colored through a rosy tint it makes things a little better, a little nicer perhaps a little lighter. Of course the saying also can imply that the view is a distortion of what's actually in front of us. It implies perhaps we're not seeing what's really there or that we're in a sort of willful state of denial. Sometimes it just means the person is seeing things in a lighter happier light and that they do because they choose to as life is what we make of it.