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Today’s a special birthday! Fifty years ago today, Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law by that notorious communist, Lyndon Johnson. As a special treat, here’s Ronald Reagan telling us in 1961 that Medicare would inevitably lead to a socialist takeover of America, and by golly, he was right! Here we are, 50 years later, living under the thumb of a communist dictatorship, as oppressed Americans demand the government keep its filthy hands off their Medicare. Have any of you Olds taken the time to tell your children about how nice America was in 1965, when men were still free?

Also worth a listen is this story from NPR Thursday on how Medicare advanced the Civil Rights movement, since segregated hospitals couldn’t receive a penny of Medicare funding.

The parallels are astonishing. Did you know that Obamacare has a secret clause that doesn’t allow doctors to hang Confederate flags in their offices? We read it on the internet somewhere.

[US News / NPR]

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  • natoslug

    Having a Confederate flag hanging in a doctor’s office would be helpful, actually. I’d know immediately that it was time to find a new doctor.

  • JustPixelz

    Republicans HATE Medicare because it keeps people alive.

    • dslindc

      Which is odd, because it’s the olds who tend to vote for them.

      • Beaumarchais?

        They’re easily bamboozled. Now sign this reverse mortgage application.

  • Zippy

    Medicare killed Cecil the lion- FACT! I read it at the gateway pundit…

    • natoslug

      I heard it was Planned Parenthood, secretly funded by ACORN, Soros, and the Bilderberg Group.

      • Zippy

        and the ghey Messican communists from ISIS

      • SnarkTank

        Wait, what? The Build-A-Bear group? NOT THE FLUFFY BEARS!

        • natoslug

          The stuffing is dehydrated fetuses and unicorn hair.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      That’s the big problem with the internet. It allows these crazy conspiracy theorists a forum and makes them seem legitimate. Everyone knows it was Colonel Mustard in the study with a candlestick.

  • Happy Birthday, Medicare!
    ~

  • goonemeritus

    There may still be time to nip this socialism in the bud
    before people start liking it.

    • James Christopher Owen

      Too late.

  • JustPixelz

    Medicare isn’t old enough to be on Medicare yet.

    • If it has a disability it can apply early.

      Being attacked by mean people counts, I sez.
      ~

      • nmmagyar

        Hasn’t it been crippled by not being able to negotiate prices directly with drug companies or being allowed to import drugs?

      • Biff52

        Protip: if you’re disabled, Medicare kicks in automatically after two years, whether you apply or not.

  • Callyson

    Happy Birthday, Medicare!

  • diogenez
    • Hardly Ideal

      Ugh, I don’t need awful caricatures* to get upset with someone.

      *are there any other kind, really?

  • Lot_49

    ¡Jeb! says we’ve got to find a way to wind it down.

    By which he means: convince the Youngs that Medicare won’t be there for them when they’re Olds, so they’ll be resentful about paying into the system that will never benefit them, and agree to get rid of it.

    ¡Jeb!‘s brother (“The Dumb One”) tried the same Luntzian methodology when he wanted to turn Soshecurity over to the stockbrokers, just before the crash of Ought-Eight.

    These guys are brilliant, I tell you! Why wouldn’t we elect another one of them president? And we’ve hardly got any wars at all going right now. This denies Americans their fundamental right to Support The Troops™ but never be inconvenienced by actual military service.

    • Msgr_Moment

      I’m calling dibs on pulling the plug on vegetable-Jeb!, should he ever be plugged into something.

      • With votes!

        • Tansy Geek

          And feeding tubes.

      • TheBidenator

        No I think Michael Schiavo gets dibs to do that one for obvious reasons….you are a terrible, terrible person El Burro Bush.

        • SterWonk

          For real. Any time Jeb Bush says anything about being in favor of smaller government, every reporter in earshot should ask him where his small-government dogma went when it came to Terri Schiavo.

          My family has had to let several people go over the years; it’s hard enough to do even when you know it’s what they want, and it pegs the inhumanity-needle when some “well-meaning” (read: not well meaning, trying to score political points) asshole who has never met the person in question tries to interfere.

          </rant-let>

          • TheBidenator

            The thing that still gets me the most isn’t that Jebberz stuck his big, Taco Bell (he likes to call himself Messican but the Bell is the best metaphor for him) head into the middle it’s what he did once Terri Schiavo was finally allowed to die: had his A/G try to dig up dirt and bring a criminal lawsuit against Michael Schiavo. Of course nothing came of it because there was no cause to even be manufactured but that sort of attempt at cold payback was the moment that the first thought that went through my head was, “this man can never be president” and hopefully the voters will feel the same.

      • eddi

        220 industrial current via an ungrounded microphone?

        • Steely_Fan

          220, 221, whatever it takes…

    • Zippy

      demoralize the young ones so they’re resentful, while promising the oldz that they’ll phase in the cuts so they won’t be affected

      IOW lie your ass off to everybody at once

      • eddi

        Proof that the Party of Lincoln now believes they can fool all the people all the time. History lesson coming up?

    • TheBidenator

      Yep, divide and conquer, try to peel off key Democratic constituencies in order to attack the ones most vociferously opposed to such a stupid plan. The good news is no one on the Democratic side was dumb enough to side with Dubya the smart one and they certainly won’t side with his idiotic younger brother. Why do I call El Burro the stupid one? What idiot checks off that they are “Hispanic” on their voting registration and then claims it’s all a mistake? Dios mio he makes Dubya look inteligente.

  • drbloor

    Oohh..St. Ronnie. Don’t you miss the good old days when our Preznits knew how to control deficits and put them Iranians in their places?

    • Logic of Color

      And protect embassy workers

      • dshwa

        And never cut and run from the terrorists.

        • Zippy

          but we sure showed those Grenadans a thing or two!

          • nmmagyar

            Both of them!

      • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person

        And the Marine guards thereat…

    • I’m sure that most people missed those good old days while Ronnie was in the White House, as he did neither.

    • Zippy

      and keep the Messicans out

    • FlownOver

      And marry the Hollywood BJ Queen

  • JustPixelz

    “Here we are, 50 years later, living under the thumb of a communist dictatorship…”

    The dictatorship is a drag. But in exchange we’ve gotten…
    – iPhones
    – Sharknado movies
    – free internet porn

  • Msgr_Moment

    Is it possible to be an antisocial socialist? If not, I’ll have to review my options.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Individualist anarchist?

      • Tansy Geek

        An atheist Anti-Christ?

    • riledupone

      Well, I’m a socialist who refers to herself as an “apprentice hermit”.

    • eddi

      That is me, a solo socialist.

    • SnarkTank

      It’s as possible to be an antisocial socialist as it is to be a compassionate conservative.

  • NPR linky – what, was there no embed code for Pravda?

  • Antimassacree

    Guess it’s too soon for me to listen to Ronnie speak. Brings back too many bad memories.

    • eddi

      Toothmarks on the speakers? I hear ya.

      • Antimassacree

        Had to stop after about 45 seconds. Just couldn’t take it. I guess Room 101 for me will be filled with Reagan speeches. Just hope they don’t also pry my eyeballs open Clockwork Orange style and make me watch, too.

  • Lot_49

    As somebody who’s going for his first Medicare-covered annual checkup next month, I have to say something I thought I never would: Thanks, LBJ!

    • Logic of Color

      Good luck negotiating with the death squads

    • eddi

      I have a topper. Nixon started Vietnamization just as my orders for Da Nang were being cut. I got reassigned to the Azores. Thank you Tricky Dicky. No funeral, limb loss or PTSD. My sympathy to those who went but they know how I felt that day.

  • calliecallie

    I am told by the olds that I know on Medicare that it is very well run. Seriously. So good on you, LBJ. You did a few things right.

    • nmmagyar

      My mom would seriously cut a bitch if they tried to fuck with her Medicare

      • Zippy

        so would mine, yet she still votes republican

        • nmmagyar

          I’m sorry to hear that

        • Doh!

          It’s so hard to understand the olds.
          ~

        • nothingisamiss

          It’s mysterious. They benefit more from the government then I, and rail about it all the same. Almost like there’s a channel out there telling lies to old people day and night.

          • Wombat

            It’s simple: They are deserving of government help/Medicare because of hard work and being deserving and THEY PAID FOR ALL OF THAT, OK (they did not pay for all of that) and reasons. Anyone else is just a moocher. Duh.

          • Zippy

            Interesting you should mention that. I’ve personally seen the effect of that- while my mom has been a lifelong republican (from back in the days of the Eisenhower republicans- I’m somewhat of an oldz and she is far more so) it wasn’t until she and her second husband started to binge on the Fox news poison that I started to see the unhinged anger side creep in. He was actually somewhat liberal before that and did a complete 180. She went from being old school GOP (actual conservatism vs mob rule reactionary populism) to buying into all the xenophobia and other BS that Murdock specializes in. Since he passed away a couple years ago, she’s been far less inclined to have that trash on the TeeVee in the background and the reversal of the ugliest aspects of that mindset have been dramatic. She’ll always hate Hillz and Bamz, but she’s become far less obsessed with the usual nonsense that the teatards go on about and far less political in general. It’s almost as if they had been brainwashed…

          • Whale Chowder

            I just hope you’re not your father’s oldz.

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            ISWYDT

          • Zippy

            they really would’ve rather had a Buick

  • jesuswasablack

    Damn I’m older than medicare, that sucks! Oh yeah fuck you Ronnie Racist!

    • eddi

      I’m just a toon handful of years away from my own Medicare years. I just hope it’s still there. Vote Democrat or I’ll whack you in the shins with my Obamacane.

  • Paperless Tiger

    He just forgot to fuck it up.

  • TheBidenator

    Ah, Reagan- back to the old days where claiming senility got one out of taking responsibility for terrible corruption and impeachable offenses that occurred when one was obviously lucid. If only Clinton claimed he didn’t remember the beej instead of denying it all would have been forgiven, right?

    Also speaking of Reagan not-so-clever douchemondo extraordinaire Grover Norquist is the one trying to rename everything after Bonzo the brainless which is really just about substituting bullshit for facts RE: giant tax cuts for the rich and how well they work. If the Reagan era was grand and Reagan cut taxes and deficits paid for themselves, clearly if we got rid of taxes it would be everyone’s birthday, everyday!

    • nothingisamiss

      Reagan promised us ponies and gave me freedumb from unions instead.

      • Spotts1701

        Well, we didn’t get the ponies. Lots of pony pucks though.

    • FlownOver

      See also Kansas tax cuts, 2011-2015

  • Steverino247

    Medicare through Social Security Disability is pretty cool because when the VA fucks up (which any large organization will do on occasion), I can take my disabled son to Kaiser and get what he needs. The chances of both the VA and Kaiser fucking up at the same time is very small.

  • Ilgattomorte

    Actually “Zombie Reagan” is the new hot property coming to the SyFy Channel this summer in an effort to match the success of “Sharknado”. It goes like this …

    It’s the 2016 Republican Convention and the delegates are excited to to crown their new candidate, Donald Trump. Suddenly there’s an explosion that releases a strange green gas from the cracked floor of the convention. The horror continues as, from the abyss, emerges Zombie Reagan, Zombie Goldwater, Zombie Jesse Helms and Zombie Dick Cheney (yes, it’s true, he has only appeared to be alive thanks to the use of a sophisticated computer program).

    They have come back to repeal Obamacare, force Medicare vouchers, privatize Social Security and, of course, eat brains. But, *** SPOILER ALERT ***, their plan is foiled and humanity is saved when the zombies learn that in the modern Republican party, brains, if they exist at all, are merely an aperitif and never an entree. They quickly waste away to nothing and are easily dispatched by a socialist rescue party led by Bernie Sanders.

    There’s going to be lots of cameos and I’m told that Bill O’Reilly might get eaten by Zombie Reagan. So that should be fun.

    • Jill122

      I’d watch it. I don’t have cable, and I’d get it for programming like that.

      But will the zombies be real? I’m very scared of zombies but if they’re going to eat Bonehead and McConnell I will overcome my fear and disgust just to make sure.

      Facts are so important. I’d have to be sure everything is True Reality Teevee.

    • Tansy Geek

      Make it so Internet. Love this post so much have sworn off pronouns.

      • mailman27

        Much like communists!!

    • D_C_Wilson

      I hope Syfy paid John Barnes, because he had that idea three years ago.

      http://www.amazon.com/Raise-Gipper-John-Barnes-ebook/dp/B007WONT0A

  • deanbooth

    I’m feeling better!

  • LesBontemps

    I’ll take any excuse to say, “Fuck you, Ronald Reagan.” As if I needed one.

  • Spotts1701

    Medicare saved my life. And that is not hyperbole – because kidney failure is covered, I became eligible. Which was a godsend when I was out of school, out of work, and too old to stay on my parent’s insurance. Without it, I’d be dead and my parents would have gone bankrupt trying to save me.
    The only quibble I ever had was the “36-month rule” – if you stayed on dialysis Medicare would cover you until the day you died. But as soon as you got your new organ, after three years they wouldn’t cover the medication you needed to take for the rest of your life. I never found out if that was ever fixed.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The Congressdicks in Congress never did fix it – even though it would have saved money in the long run – because “spending”. Patients without $5k a month in spare change for the drugs would lose the kidney (that Medicare had paid $80k for) and go back on dialysis. And then Medicare would resume paying for the dialysis, which costs more than the drugs that they wouldn’t fucking pay for! The GOP must have calculated that it was cheaper to let patients die after 5 years of dialysis, rather than have them live for decades with the transplant.

      Insurance through the ACA has finally fixed that bit of insanity. (Thanks, Obama!)

  • OneYieldRegular

    Regarding Medicare, Reagan is Dead Reagan Zombie.

    Jeb! is the one you wanna look out for, as he’s Night of the Living Dead.

  • richardgrabman

    Hey, hey, LBJ!
    How many geezers are alive today?

    • Tansy Geek

      LOTSOT,K?

    • bobbert

      *raises hand*

  • LeftNotRightISIT

    Yeah, well… if it wasn’t for socialism, the human race would have died out 100,000 years ago ! The Bern is a Democratic Socialist. Not anywhere near the republican Nazis or communists – by a long shot.

    • Roger_of_Arabia

      We should all be capitalist gun-toters. If it was good enough for Jesus it’s good enough for me.

  • LeftNotRightISIT

    This guy is living (dead) proof that because modern day repuglicans evoke his name as a ‘saint’ that he was a horrible influence on America. And 33 years of voodoo reagonimics has proven it in our current sorry state.

    • James Christopher Owen

      You know who called Reaganomics “voodoo economics”?

  • RoyalUglyDude

    Those classic paranoid rants just sound better on vinyl.

    • D_C_Wilson

      But digital audio captures every grunt and fleck of spittle that comes out of their pie holes.

    • 20 explosively paranoid rants by 20 explosive paranoid artist!

  • MrBlobfish

    Socialized Medicine speaks out against Ronald Reagan.

  • azeyote

    I was around then – He was as bad as Nixon – or maybe a whole lot worse – Hey Bonzo – Bedtime this motherfu#cker –

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      My kids, who were little at the time, called him the “yucko man” because we had a doormat with his face on it and it was always yucky.

      • OneDemin EOr

        Bless you for being a fabulous parent!

  • toomanyrappers
    • eddi

      Ah. The Golden Age of the Republic(an).

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      I can’t wait for the Dem nominee to get to run against Walker Jeb! Cruz Santorum Trump allthoseotherguys Reagan. It’s going to be a beautiful sight.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    A friend and I went for walk down a quiet street on election night because we couldn’t stand to watch the results coming in anymore. We thought we were totally fucked. Ah, good times.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      I hate to break it to you, but you were, in fact, totally fucked.

    • OneDemin EOr

      Meanwhile, on the West Coast, news anchors helpfully called the election for Ronnie before the polls closed. Good times, indeed!

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    When Reagan was Governor of California, he tried to get the adult children of elderly parents to pay for any state benefits their parents were receiving.

    Did not happen, of course.

    • Biff52

      My own disabled grandmother in San Francisco was one of his most ardent supporters, too.

  • Aaron Morse

    Ah Reagan. Tripled the debt. Conducted arms deals with embargoed countries Iran no less with hostages being used to get elected. He has the distinction of having the most indictments and convictions of any president’s administration. And got away Scott free by putting others under the bus. What a great American!

    • eddi

      Nixon said, “I’m not a crook.” Reagan said, “There you go.”

  • Villago Delenda Est

    For years I did not think it was possible for a President to be worse than the shitty grade-Z movie star.

    The deserting coward proved me wrong.

    • bobbert

      We’ll have to continue to disagree on that one. Ronnie (or, more precisely, his handlers) began the dismantling of American society.

      • dshwa

        Yeah, the Shrub was the epitome of the process that Reagan and his merry band of nihilist assholes started.

    • freakishlystrong

      Wait’ll you get a load of President thick fingered vulgarian.

  • Kitsapian

    I remember the AMA thundering against the socialized medicine looming under the aegis of Medicare; since then, the greatest beneficiaries of that socialism have been members of the AMA, who have scammed millions from the system.

    • James Christopher Owen

      They were against it before they were for it?

  • Ryan Denniston

    Wait a second. We got Obamacared and Obamaphoned, we got Food Stamps, we got wiretapped into all of our sexting, we got Jade Helmed, we got gay married and buttsechted. We literally got ALL OF THE THINGS! And none of this is communism?

    • James Christopher Owen

      ♪♫I been mothered, fathered, aunt and uncled

      Roy Halleed and Art Garfunkled

      I just discovered somebody’s tapped my phone♪♫

      Folk rock…

  • SharonKFH

    Reporting in from Facebook as requested. Yes, I see this post.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    The doctors who tried to hang Confederate flags are all in FEMA camps. You read it here first (MUST CREDIT WONKETTE)

  • Anastasia Sizensky

    can see

  • ddubov

    Seen!

  • Brazilian Fart Porn

    I can see it on Faceplantbook

  • Scooter

    I had the privilege of working for LBJ Library for 10 years. I can tell you this: there is no nuclear reactor under the library despite what Alex Jones says. Ya burnt!

  • clever_sobriquet

    I can see the post but the letters are all fuzzy, as if I’d been drinking all night or something.

  • davebedini

    Why, yes, it is visible.

  • Kathryn

    Yup, looks good to me (reporting from the Book of Face)

  • undercover epicurean

    Great, now that record is gonna be even harder to find.

    I kan sees wonkets!

  • ladiesbane

    Loud and clear.

  • Proxy_One

    Yep all clear, oh and F@*K YOU Zombie Reagan

  • sally schultz

    i can see it

  • Meemers Garibay

    I hope Ronnie Raygun rots in hell with Osama??

  • Boojum

    Wonkette doesn’t allow comments

  • Elaine Kurpiel

    Just want to let you know I can see the post as well as the comments. Why do you ask?

  • Biff52

    Cannot unsee.

  • Drew Miner

    yes, i can see, came from facebook per the note there.

  • Lazy Media

    I HEARD THAT OBAMMACAR ABOLISHED THAT DENTIST LIEN HUNTER’S WHOLE PRACTISE.

  • Matt Thorn

    It took a second for the text to appear, but, yes, I can see the article.

  • nmmagyar

    I came, I saw, I conquered

  • Carl Petersen

    It’s all becoming very clear to me now.

  • Catty in Lansing

    Iran Contra. Trickle Down Economics. Voodoo Economics. Teflon Ron. Star Wars.

    • OneDemin EOr

      And all these asshat Republican presidential candidates who’ve rediscovered Arthur Laffer (ironic last name) and his stupid, ruinous Supply-Side Economics.

  • Beowoof14

    Hey I can see this, and I still would say fuck Ronald Raygun.

  • Blackest Noobs

    i can see it too and fuck ronald raygun for all the stupid shits who believed he never raised taxes ( did it six times) and is an asshole for sellling iran weapons.

    sell iran weapons good…work out a treaty with Iran using diplomacy is bad….we can blame the Gipper for it.

  • Meri Theresa Liston

    I can see it and I can say this: He destroyed California and then he destroyed the US and we’re still paying the price.

  • dansezlajavanaise

    yeah, i see it. fuck reagan and the horse he rode in on. matter of fact, also fuck the horse he rode out on.

  • Phil Thompson

    Regan was trouble from day one.

  • I_Buttle

    I thought you didn’t allow comments?

    • david green

      They aren’t allowed. So I don’t even try.

  • Me not sure

    Reagan was all bullshit. Once in office he never once proposed any measure that would diminish or restrict Medicare or Medicaid. None of his predictions about “creeping socialism” ever came true.

  • BehaveYrself

    Why are you throat cramming me with Reagan, Wonkette?

  • MOG253

    He didn’t need it so that makes it unnecessary. He had his CA cabal to buy him a house when he left DC and they took very good care of him.

  • Artemisia2

    I can see the post, Wonkette. And I’ll second your one-finger salute.

  • OneDemin EOr

    Reagan is like a typical dead star: he’s now a black hole that continues to suck! Welcome back Wonkette, and great job, Shy!

  • melizer

    Saw this posted on Facebook. (Discus took forever and a day to load)

  • Moo Goo

    I see it.

  • Betsy Whodat Jayasuriya

    Saw on the Facebooks.

  • Bodeburu

    Ah seez it, Mistress!

  • lucidamente

    Hey, I resemble that remark!

  • crummett

    I see and obey, zombie Reagan.

  • notanncoulter

    it may sound simpleton and alex-jones level paranoid, but nearly every modern problem we have in this country can be traced back to him and him alone:
    demonizing gubmint
    demonizing the needy/poor
    trickle down
    bloating military budget to absurd levels at he expense of all else
    deregulation [especially allowing CEOs to paid in stock – that alone – that one move – has destroyed business in this country more than anything else and brought on today’s inequality]
    demonizing/destroying unions [and it here that we remind the frothing loons who worship his very bodily secretions that he was once… the head of A UNION]
    and one of his biggest dick moves was yanking the solar panels off the white house like the petulant child he was.
    he would be laughed out of the GOP today as a bleeding heart sellout.

    i can’t say enough bad about him and the destruction he hath wrought.

    • Lizernst

      yeah

  • Swiper Fox

    This seems to be working again. Welcome back.

  • Lizernst

    Yes, I can see it

  • squeezbox

    See what?
    And fuck you zombie Reagan also!

  • Gary Ainsworth

    No problem seeing it.

  • erik

    I can see it

  • blaid droog

    thank you LBJ from last weekkend i have 4 new doctorsnow new ones make 11total 7newpills plus ten from before lastwek also 75000 hospistal bills paid for with other peopples moneys brain not so good as before plus left arm not as good but new electric bra to keep heart working good new pills tomake arm and brain work better also thank fdr plus fuk allreepublikans with hot porker

  • Pox Voldius

    I can see it.

  • DrShitferbrains

    I can see it too

  • ResCogitans

    Reagan was an arrogant shmuck, an operator, a goofball with a bunch of wisecracks, and he never met a 1% he wouldn’t fellate. And he was also a dunce that referred to his wife as “Mommy”. Sound familiar? He was that era’s Trump minus the inherited wealth and the sketchy business practices. The dingbats went for him in droves, just as now. Don’t underestimate anyone who resonates with the halfwits.

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