Over at the New Republic, Jonathan Chait has an important comment about the debate over Medicare and the fear of government "rationing" of health care. He shows how this fear is being stoked to make Medicare look so bankrupt that dire "solutions" like Paul Ryan's privatization plan, seem more necessary.
No side in the debate over Medicare is entirely free from the charge of fear-mongering - and it does not take much mongering to get people afraid. That fear is in direct relation to the deep affection that people have for Medicare. Which is a good thing to remember next time you hear someone denounce "government-run health care."