Speaking before an enthusiastic packed session at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in November, Feder warned that the Republican proposals threaten the basic concepts that make Social Security and Medicare universally accepted.
According to Feder and other analysts who addressed the public health professionals, these principles are lost in the Medicare Modernization Act passed by the previous Congress and in the proposals for changing Social Security.
"The administration calls it an 'Ownership Society,'" Feder explained, "but it is more accurate to describe it as an On-Your-Own Society." Robert Blancato, a member of the planning committee for next year's White House Conference on Aging, described the policy changes as "Las Vegas-style" reforms, in which the "entitlement" for Americans would be a gambling chip rather than a defined guaranteed benefit.
One can only begin to imagine the hue and cry that would ensue if Buchanan or Feder
were to discover that pro-choice proponents were encouraging the killing of anti-abortionists, with lines through the names of those already killed and the names of the living, their children, and addresses.