Morgen on June 15, 2009 at 10:51 am
I posted over the weekend on the President’s discovery of an additional $313B in Medicare “savings” that he proposes to help offset the cost of his health reform agenda. I found it particularly puzzling that the AARP has been silent on all this, given that the President has now proposed a total of over $600B in cuts to Medicare and/or Medicaid over the next 10 years. But apparently the AARP has been in the tank for the liberal agenda for a while now.
Anyhow, since traditionally the Medicare/Medicaid programs are sacred cows for liberals, I thought it would be fun to go back and look for clips of liberals in the Bush years carping about proposed cuts in Medicare/Medicaid spending. Here’s what I found:
Of course aside from the fact that a Democrat is now in the White House, the other reason for the Democrats’ silent hypocrisy on this is that they know these proposed cuts are completely bogus. If the Democrats have their way, government spending for healthcare is going to explode in the coming years. At best, it will be a shell game shifting funds from one government healthcare program to another. But the idea that Medicare/Medicaid spending is going to decrease at the same time the government adds 50-100 million people or more to a government run healthcare plan…well, it’s beyond audacity. It’s one of the most ridiculous claims I think I’ve heard this year.
Update: thanks Hot Air for the link!