• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Washington Post on Obamacare: A $300 Billion Deception

    The Editorial Board of the Washington Post called out the Senate for trying to hide the true cost of Obamacare. Now they say the House “plays make-believe, but the bill to taxpayers is real.” Read the whole thing:

    HAVING PASSED a health reform bill that is, at least theoretically, paid for, the House of Representatives is poised this week to blow a quarter-trillion-dollar hole in the federal budget involving, you guessed it, health care. This is the so-called doc fix, to prevent scheduled cuts in Medicare reimbursements to physicians from taking effect.

    Say you are a member of Congress who agrees that the cuts should be rescinded — that physician payments shouldn’t be reduced, that is — but also believes that the payments should not add to the national debt? Under the rule governing the House debate, you won’t be allowed to suggest any offsetting savings. Either you go for the doc fix and add massively to the deficit, or you torpedo the fix and wreak havoc in the Medicare program, with a 21 percent cut set to take effect Jan 1. Nice choice. It puts those who believe in both fiscal responsibility and averting these draconian cuts in an impossible situation.

    By the way, don’t be fooled by the incredible shrinking “cost” of the fix. The official Congressional Budget Office estimate used to be $245 billion over 10 years. Now it’s $210 billion. In fact, the real hit to the budget will be closer to $300 billion. The lower CBO numbers stem primarily from the administration’s move to change the rules about which physician payments are subject to the cuts. The administration proposed a regulation to exempt drugs administered in doctor’s offices, such as chemotherapy, from the spending ceiling. That has the effect of making the cost of the fix look smaller, but it doesn’t change the ultimate drain on the treasury: Medicare will end up paying out the same amount of money.

    All of this is, to some degree, Medicare kabuki to placate the American Medical Association. The Senate doesn’t have the votes to pass a permanent fix without paying for it — though, of course, it also doesn’t have the votes actually to pay for it. So while the House might pass the unpaid-for fix, it will likely die there. The result will be another year-long, or possible two-year, patch slapped on this mess. Finding the money to pay for the fix and, more to the point, cobbling together the political coalition to support it, is difficult. Which is why Congress and the administration have joined hands in the pretense that the doc fix has nothing whatsoever to do with health reform.

    Posted in Obamacare [slideshow_deploy]

    7 Responses to Washington Post on Obamacare: A $300 Billion Deception

    1. Vince in Imperial, M says:

      If the errors of the health care debachle are so evident, how did t pass he houe? Is it that the current administration is promising money to the

      electe officials for some other projects in their districts, and they think it will gloss over the

      debt and the ruin of America, as it stands? What type of perverts do we have representing us? Tjhey don't care about little babies in the womb.

      How in the world can they care for us? It's all about them. Get rid of them in 2010!

      This is the same administration that is rewarding the crooks that are breaking this country, just to line their pockets. Wake up people.

    2. PE_Zelda, CA says:

      Demand honesty from the President.

      This petition respectfully requests that President Obama keep true to his word and veto HR 3962 should it cross his desk. The president stated that he "will not sign a bill that raises the deficit". HR 3962 does, in fact, raise the deficit2. Signing this petition indicates strong opposition to HR 3962. Demand that the president keep his word.

      No, the bill is not ready for the president just yet but it could be soon. Let the president know that the American public does not support any bill which raises the deficit.

      Sign here:

      http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/vetoHR3962?e

      Help get 5,000,000 signatures! Pass it on.

    3. Ricky Ayo says:

      Demand honesty from the President? He's already a habitual liar or misleader.

    4. Rick Garner, Marylan says:

      New Blog Post – An Open Letter To President Obama:

      http://obamaprayers.blogspot.com/2009/11/open-let

    5. Pingback: Hot Air » Blog Archive » WaPo: Nancy Pelosi’s $300,000,000,000 deception

    6. Bobbie Jay says:

      Mammograms for women were suggested in our 40's? Now the government says we can wait until our 50's? hmm…rationing? And it hasn't even started yet! The president handed 15 people a job to the "RATIONING COMMISSION?! PEOPLE HAVE BRAINS TO FIGURE THINGS OUT FOR THEMSELVES, GET GOVERNMENT AND DR. OBAMA, OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    7. Freedom of Speech, T says:

      I will never defend so-called “white-collar” criminals like “Bernie Mad Off With The Money.

      But, what this government and many lobbyists are doing to the American People is infinitely worse. It is not just the money, but the deceit and destruction of whatever trust and values are left.

      Then I hear a certain administration official say “We need to trust what they are doing?”

      Is there a legal licensed doctor out there who will volunteer services for conducting lobotomies?

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×