Aug 22, 2012

Republicans’ Attack on Medicare Cuts? False.

Republicans’ attacks that Democrats "gutted Medicare" are just false. Truth is, Republicans voted for a budget that will cause seniors to pay more out-of-pocket and turn Medicare into a voucher program.

PolitiFact: Republicans’ “Pants on Fire” for “Gutting Medicare” Claim. “The National Republican Congressional Committee on Aug. 14 claimed 37 House Democrats are “willing to jeopardize seniors’ access to coverage by gutting $741 billion from Medicare” to pay for a “big-government healthcare takeover”… the budget office said the reform would reduce future Medicare spending by $716 billion between 2013 and 2022… the committee is wrong to claim Democrats support “gutting” Medicare. Program spending will still increase under the reform, but just at a slower pace… There’s only one ruling for such heated and misleading claims: Pants on Fire!” [PolitiFact, 8/14/12]

PolitiFact: Republicans’ Claims Mostly False on Cuts. The non-partisan fact checking group PolitiFact rated the claim that Obama “robbed” $700 billion to pay for Obamacare as “Mostly False.” “Neither Obama nor his health care law literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, the health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program […] The only element of truth here is that the health care law seeks to reduce future Medicare spending, and the tally of those cost reductions over the next 10 years is $716 billion.” [PolitiFact, 8/12/12]

New York Times: $716 Billion Not a Cut. “In reality, the $716 billion is not a “cut” in benefits but rather the savings in costs that the Congressional Budget Office projects over the next decade from wholly reasonable provisions in the reform law.” [New York Times, Editorial, 8/18/12]

Congressional Budget Office: No Cuts to Benefits. “According to the Congressional Budget Office, it’s not the patients who would lose money. It’s the providers. The president’s changes mean the annual increases insurance companies receive will be trimmed; hospital reimbursement rates would be reduced; and payments to home health care workers will also be cut back.” [CBS News, 8/15/12]

Bloomberg Columnist: The Affordable Care Act “Doesn’t Cut Medicare.” “The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that Obama pushed for doesn’t cut Medicare; it simply reduces projected future increases in costs by $700 billion over 10 years. […] Those same reductions in the future growth of Medicare are contained in the budget bills sponsored by Ryan and approved by the same House Republicans who now say they’ll campaign against the provision.” [Jonathan Salant, Bloomberg columnist, 8/13/12]

Romney on Cuts Attack? Puzzling and Bogus. “Henry J. Aaron, an economist and a longtime health policy analyst at the Brookings Institution and the Institute of Medicine, called Mr. Romney’s vow to repeal the savings “both puzzling and bogus at the same time.” [New York Times, 8/22/12]


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