Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Plan to Kill Medicare

If you can remember back far enough to the campaign last year, the Republicans ran a number of ads in a number of states, including Florida, where they warned that if the Democrats were re-elected they would cut Medicare.

In Florida, the conservative 60-Plus Association took aim at Democratic members of Congress Allen Boyd, Alan Grayson and Suzanne Kosmas. The ad said the new health care law “will cut $500 billion from Medicare. That will hurt the quality of our care.”

In Pennsylvania, the Republican-controlled group Crossroads GPS attacked Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak, saying he “voted to gut Medicare … reducing benefits for 854,489 seniors.”

In California, Crossroads GPS said Barbara Boxer “voted to cut spending on Medicare benefits by $500 billion, cuts so costly to hospitals and nursing homes that they could stop taking Medicare altogether.”

Guess what.

Republicans will present this week a 2012 budget proposal that would cut more than $4 trillion from federal spending projected over the next decade and transform the Medicare health program for the elderly, a move that will dramatically reshape the budget debate in Washington.

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The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.

Like the old joke goes, they said if I voted for a Democrat in the last election, we’d get cuts to Medicare or some other asshattery. They were right; I voted for the Democrats…

HT to Kay at Balloon Juice.