For all the drivel being spewed by the hacktastic Debbie Wasserman-Schulz and the rest of the Obamabot babbleheads, much the media seems to be ignoring one very relevant fact: It’s the occupant of the White House who’s slashing over $700 billion from Medicare. Obviously he wants seniors to die in the streets while eating dog food.
It was brutal. On CNN yesterday, Wolf Blitzer kept browbeating Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz until she would admitted that Paul Ryan’s plan preserves Medicare for those currently aged 55 years and older with no changes. Chuck Todd did the same thing to Roberts Gibbs on MSNBC after Gibbs falsely claimed the Ryan plan would kill his father. “Your father is not going to get that because they’re not going to do anything to him,” Todd correctly pointed out.
Todd and Blitzer are 100 percent correct. The Ryan budget only preserves and strengthens Medicare for those Americans that are currently receiving benefits and those that will begin to do so in the next 10 years. Only those who are 55 years or younger will be affected by the Ryan plan. And for those Americans, they will still be given a choice between the current Medicare system, and a new premium support system. In fact, Obamacare and the Ryan plan both budget the same amount of money for Medicare down the road. Both plans cap spending at the growth of domestic product +.5 percent.
It’s been a full-court press since Saturday to try and make people believe Ryan want to eliminate Medicare and leave old folks to die. It’s complete nonsense, but since when have outright falsehoods deterred these maniacs.
And those health care provider cuts are not that far off under Obamacare. They start this coming January, when Medicare payments to doctors are set to be slashed by 31 percent. That’s right, by 31 percent. If you don’t think current Medicare beneficiaries are going to have trouble finding a doctor who will see them after the government starts paying those doctors 31 percent less, you probably failed Econ 101.
When Obamacare was first drafted, it did not cut Medicare spending so quickly. But to keep the final Obamacare price tag under $1 trillion, it allowed the scheduled cuts to occur. By contrast, Ryan’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget fully paid for doctor Medicare reimbursement payments.
On the upside, even the Blitzers and Todds of this world see through the lies and Debbie Dumbass and the rest of her ilk will be hard-pressed to get away with their pathological lying. But Team Romney also has to be sure not to drop the ball on this before the lies take hold.