Since President Obama’s truthiness has come into question thanks to that incendiary outburst by Rep. Joe Wilson (yes, THE Joe Wilson) – and we here at JBdotC feel screaming “You Lie” is the worst possible thing in the world, so much worse than calling private citizens “evil” and “un-American” – we thought we’d take a look at some other statements by the President that, while we would never say he lied, we feel he knows not to be true.
The big one seems to be how he’s going to create a new $900,000,000,000.00 entitlement (that won’t grow in price, because that never happens in Washington) that doesn’t add to the deficit. He’ll do this by making cuts to Medicare…the same Medicare the Democrats demagogue Republicans over every four years in Florida, telling the elderly that we’re going to take it away from them. But, now that the D’s are in charge, demagoguery is a bad thing.
Here’s the Wall Street Journal with more…
Mr. Obama began by depicting a crisis in the entitlement state, noting that “our health-care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers,” especially Medicare. Unless we find a way to cauterize this fiscal hemorrhage, “we will eventually be spending more on Medicare than every other government program combined. Put simply, our health-care program is our deficit problem. Nothing else even comes close.”
On this score he’s right. Medicare’s unfunded liability—the gap between revenues and promised benefits—is currently some $37 trillion over the next 75 years. Yet the President uses this insolvency as an argument to justify the creation of another health-care entitlement, this time for most everyone under age 65. It’s like a variation on the old Marx Brothers routine: “The soup is terrible and the portions are too small.”
As astonishing, Mr. Obama claimed he can finance universal health care without adding “one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period,” in large part by pumping money out of Medicare. The $880 billion Senate plan he all but blessed this week would cut Medicare by as much as $500 billion, mainly by cutting what Mr. Obama called “waste and abuse.” Perhaps this is related to the “waste and abuse” that Congresses of both parties have targeted dozens of times without ever cutting it.
Read the whole thing because the article goes into the cuts being made to Medicare Advantage, why seniors actually like the plan, why Democrats don’t, and also why seniors worry aboot health care rationing. Here’s a hint…it has nothing to do with Sarah Palin.
This is usually where the left chimes in with one of their pre-programmed talking points that they’re told to say like, “Medicare is Socialized Medicine.” It might be, I’ll be honest there’s a lot aboot it I don’t know. I do however know that people can’t opt out of Medicare without losing their social security benefits that they’ve spent the past fifty years paying taxes for, so I try not to hold it against them when they get angry at a town hall meeting.