Wednesday, February 15, 2012


A quote from Paul Krugman's short column in The New York Times for 14 February:

“This week, President Obama will release a budget that won’t take any meaningful steps toward solving our entitlement crisis,” Romney said in a statement e-mailed to reporters. “The president has failed to offer a single serious idea to save Social Security and is the only president in modern history to cut Medicare benefits for seniors”. 

Yep, Obama has failed to resolve the problem of excessive entitlement spending; furthermore, he’s cutting entitlement spending!

But not only is Willard contradicting himself. As usual, he's also LYING. Here's how (from Joan McCarter):

The Affordable Care Act does not cut Medicare benefits. Here's what it does do: It expands Medicare coverage by making preventive services free, including adding a yearly wellness visit; it limits some cost-sharing in private Medicare plans, meaning the costs seniors pay are lower; and it closes the Part D "Donut Hole," saving many seniors a lot of money on prescriptions.

The cuts Romney is talking about, the cuts that Republicans have been harping about since 2010, are not benefit cuts. They are cuts in overpayments to supplemental Medicare Advantage plans. Overpayments by the government that were reduced, thereby saving the government—and taxpayers—money. 

 Not only were no Medicare recipients benefits cut, the changes have actually succeeded in increasing enrollments in Medicare Advantage, while reducing the costs to seniors.

And remember: Willard endorses Paul Ryan's plan to DESTROY (not "save", not "modify", not "alter") MEDICARE by replacing it with a voucher system that will drastically reduce the ability of the elderly to pay for healthcare (planned to affect those 55 and under). 

So we have another WILLARD TRIFECTA!

1.  He contradicts himself in the SAME PARAGRAPH.
2. He lies about the so-called "cuts in Medicare"
3. He fails to mention that he intends to smash the health care system that has helped tens of millions of Americans, while hypocritically posing as a "defender" of Medicare.

Yeah, I trust this guy.

About as far as I could throw him.

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