Yes the headline is demagoguery and sensational, but it was meant to prove a point. No, I don't think that Democrats are really want to end Medicare, but rather than engage in a fact based debate, the Democrats keep leveling this charge about Paul Ryan's proposal to bring Medicare back from the brink of fiscal ruin.
The left has been trying to paint Paul Ryan's medicare plan as something that will "destroy medicare as we know it." The irony and hypocrisy in this statement is simply startling. In fact I am absolutely sick and tired of the left's continual demagoguery of virtually every Republican's proposed solution to the very real fiscal problems that are combining to form a real threat to the future of the Republic. Rather than have a real debate where both sides can discuss how to solve problems, the left simply use scare tactics and vitriolic rhetoric in an attempt to just squash real debate, but I digress.
There are a few things that need to be pointed out, before a serious discussion can ensue about what needs to be done to salvage a dying program:
1)If nothing changes, Medicare will become insolvent in 12 years. Now this is not some talking point from the Right, but rather this is the assessment and prediction of doom comes from the Department of Health and Human Services own report. HERE is a link to an NPR story from last year detailing the when Medicare will become insolvent.
2)Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal in his budget (a budget that got more votes in both houses than President Obama's own budget proposals) does not change the benefit structure to anyone 55 an over. This means that people who are either in the program already or are going to be entering the program in the next 10 years, will see no changes to Medicare, or will get exactly the same care that people already in the program currently enjoy.
3)President Obama and the Democrats have already cut Medicare by more than $700 billion dollars. Well, I should not say cut, but rather they have raided medicare in an attempt to paint ObamaCare (The Affordable Care Act) as deficit neutral. This accounting gimmick was used in the run up to the passage of ObamaCare so that the Democrats could say that ObamaCare would not add to the deficit. Never mind that this has now been proven false, but one must wonder why the press has simply ignored this fact. Had a Republican cut medicare like this, the press and the left would have eviscerated Republicans and claimed that they were trying to kill granny. Obama cuts medicare and all we hear are crickets.
So, to play the Dem's game, one must ask two questions. Why are Democrats trying to end Medicare as we know it and why are Democrats trying to kill seniors? They have cut medicare by more than $700 billion, and by doing nothing, to fix the program's coming insolvency, the program is doomed.
Do I think this type of rhetoric is stupid? Yes. And I hate to even stoop so low, but I am so frustrated that the left, rather than have a debate on Obama's record and the differences in philosophy and the direction for this country, they have descended into demagoguery and distortions, the likes of which I have ever seen.
Monday, August 13, 2012
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