Friday, August 28, 2009

Obamacare Will Take a Bite out of Medicare

Does Linda Douglass know that Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO) is spreading malicious myths about ObamaCare? Has anyone flagged Markey to the White House yet? The House Democratic caucus may need to be flagged after Markey’s local paper caught her admitting that Medicare benefits would have to be cut — for the greater good:

Some people, including Medicare recipients, will have to give up some current benefits to truly reform the nation’s health-care system, Rep. Betsy Markey told a gathering of constituents in Fort Collins on Wednesday.

Markey has repeatedly said during the August congressional recess that Medicare spending needs to be reined in to help pay for reforming the broader health-care system.

“There’s going to be some people who are going to have to give up some things, honestly, for all of this to work,” Markey said at a Congress on Your Corner event at CSU. “But we have to do this because we’re Americans.”

B-b-b-but President Obama said that was just a myth!

Obama: "Well, first of all, another myth that we've been hearing about is this notion that somehow we're going to be cutting your Medicare benefits. We are not. AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare, okay? So I just want seniors to be clear about this, because if you look at the polling, it turns out seniors are the ones who are most worried about health care reform. And that's understandable, because they use a lot of care, they've got Medicare, and it's already hard for a lot of people even on Medicare because of the supplements and all the other costs out of pocket that they're still paying.

"So I just want to assure we're not talking about cutting Medicare benefits. We are talking about making Medicare more efficient, eliminating the insurance subsidies, working with hospitals so that they are changing some of the reimbursement practices."

And remember this?

Obama: “I know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness, but I want everyone to know what health insurance reform is all about”

So set the record straight, Obama. How big a bite will ObamaCare take out of Medicare? What benefits will Medicare recipients be giving up?

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Z said...

I love to see the Dems in disarray, don't you?
"A bite" out of Medicare?
How long will we have to wait in the ER to get that bite sewn up?

suek said...

They don't intend to reduce any benefits.

What they intend to reduce is payment to doctors.

Then, of course, the _doctors_ will refuse to take medicare patients, so even though the golden ring is still there, it will be raised just out of reach.

But the government won't be responsible...! Oh no.

Anonymous said...

Z, I'm afraid that their response to disarray will be even uglier legislation. These animals have a thirst for power.

Anonymous said...

No surprise here. as soon as he died, the chant went up. "what the he..ll do we care about what the people want? Do it for Ted! After all, he routinely pushed thru leftist legislation that the people did not want! so glad to see the leftists now have what they call a legitimate rallying cry and singing Kum-bi-ya . Up until now, anything that comes out of their mouths is nothing but tripe! DO NOT BACK DOWN NOW! We must stop this miserable plan and the fact that they will stoop as low as to invoke Teddy's name to it is all the more reason!

DaBlade said...

Medicare benefits would only be cut for the obsolete among us. What a telling quote! “There’s going to be some people who are going to have to give up some things, honestly, for all of this to work.” Obama better smooth this over with his followers by providing some sugary eloquence.

RightKlik said...

Z: Yes, we'd be better off if the Dem party would completely self-destruct.

suek: It's the tragedy of the commons again.

Nickie Goomba: They've lost a lot of power by overreaching with their stimulus bill. Unless and until the economy rebounds, their capacity to push ugly legislation is limited.

Guy: I agree. Much work to be done.

DaBlade: Only problem is, every time Obama opens his mouth, his approval rating drops a couple of points.

robert verdi said...

the dems and Obama have been caught lying, thats it.

RightKlik said...

RV: They're trying so hard to have it both ways.

JaneLovesJesus said...

Your title is prophetic, in light of recent events -- not to mention Z's comment