Alright… No one else has mentioned it so I will.
In his speech the other night the President said, “Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan.”
Think about that. First off he was claiming that there was 100 billion dollars a year of fraud and waste in Medicare and Medicaid, which liberals proudly point to as a shining example of how well government healthcare works. I’m sorry, but that gives me no reason to trust those same folks to run our healthcare system well at all. Extrapolating, we can expect to be losing three hundred billion dollars a year soon instead of “only” one-third that amount. Yippee.
However there is an even worse angle to all of this. Faced with a trillion dollar deficit in his budget without the healthcare initiative, why isn’t he feverishly attacking that problem now, recouping precious tax dollars and fixing an admittedly broken system? Is he saying it’s only worth ending the fraud and waste in those two programs if he gets his gargantuan grab, but not otherwise?