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Wicked GOP Retains Dem Medicare Cuts

From an outraged Associated Press:

House GOP budget retains Democratic Medicare cuts

By David Espo, AP Special Correspondent Wed Apr 13, 2011

WASHINGTON – In a postelection reversal, House Republicans are supporting nearly $450 billion in Medicare cuts that they criticized vigorously last fall when Democrats and President Barack Obama passed them as part of their controversial health care law.

The cuts are included in the 2012 budget that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled last week and account for a significant share of the $5.8 trillion in claimed savings over the next decade…

Our memory may be faulty, but didn’t the Democrats and their lickspittle minions in the news media try to convince us that there really were no significant cuts to Medicare in Obama’s healthcare reform bill? And even if there were cuts, they would be gradual – and they would be replaced by new provisions in Obama-care.

But now that Republicans are embracing these same provisions, they are being portrayed as draconian cuts. Funny how that works.

Ryan’s spokesman, Conor Sweeney, said the cuts are virtually the only part of "Obamacare" — the term that Republicans use derisively to describe the health care law enacted last year — that the Wisconsin Republican preserved when he drafted his budget.

If left in effect, they would retain smaller payments over the next decade for hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and other Medicare providers that Democrats put in effect. In addition, federal subsidies would decline for seniors who purchase coverage through private insurance plans under Medicare Advantage, although Ryan proposed a small partial restoration in that area.

Doesn’t the "in addition" make it sound like the GOP are adding this part? But the cuts to Medicare Advantage are all from the Democrats. And they have practically wiped the program out nationwide.

Last fall, in their drive to win control of the House, Republicans were harshly critical of the Democrats on the issue of cuts to a program that benefits millions of seniors.

"The new law’s massive Medicare cuts will fall squarely on the backs of seniors, millions of whom will be forced off their current Medicare coverage," the GOP wrote in their Pledge to America, an election-season manifesto. In making the claim, Republicans cited the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which oversees both programs.

Lest we forget, we were told by the Democrats and their lapdog news media that the Republicans were fearmongering. That there were no such cuts. And that they would be gradual, anyway. And that nobody would even notice.

Indeed, we have since been told that nobody has noticed any cuts. Quoting from an AP article from back in March, which celebrated the one year anniversary of Obama-care: "So far, alarms that Medicare cuts would compromise their care have not been borne out. But Democratic lawmakers engineered the cuts to take effect gradually, while new Medicare benefits are being provided now…"

In addition to the Pledge to America, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and individual Republican candidates all criticized the cuts.

The National Republican Congressional Committee featured them in ads attacking Democrats in numerous campaign commercials, and some individual candidates made use of the cuts as well.

Speaking of ads, all through the 2008 campaign Mr. Obama ran ads criticizing John McCain’s plans for handling Medicare. McCain’s plan included most if not all of the cuts under discussion here. So, in fact, they were indeed originally Republican ideas.

However, as soon as he was elected Mr. Obama adopted most of McCain’s Medicare plan. But naturally our watchdog media never mentioned his "postelection reversal."

Sweeney said the GOP budget puts the Medicare savings to a different purpose than Obama and the Democrats favored.

"The president’s health care law takes hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare to help fund a new, open-ended entitlement program," he said. "Chairman Ryan has put forward a budget that stops the raid on Medicare and ensures that all current-law savings and future reforms are devoted to saving Medicare."

Other Republican spokesmen echoed Sweeney.

"The fact is that Democrats robbed Medicare in order to pay for their massive government health care takeover," said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the NRCC. "Which is a huge contrast to the House Republican plan to take that savings and use it to strengthen that program for today’s seniors." …


This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Wicked GOP Retains Dem Medicare Cuts”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Like they say, the winners get to write the history.

    It’s kind of like the bank giving you a whopping 2% on your savings while lending the same money out at a low, low 6% for a home loan.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    America voted for Obama to show that we were not racists….let’s hope America votes him out to show that we’re not idiots….

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