Articles

Obama Targets Medicare Advantage

August 26, 2009

President Barack Obama was wise to vacation this week on Martha's Vineyard. Not because it's one of the few places in America where his health-care plan is still popular, but because by getting out of Washington he gave staff time to repair his vaunted message machine, which was starting to break down.

Two weeks ago, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod said in a now legendary "viral" email that, "It's a myth that health insurance reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits." This was sent out the day before Mr. Obama told a Montana town hall that he'd pay for health-care reform by "eliminating . . . about $177 billion over 10 years" for "what's called Medicare Advantage." And it was two days before Mr. Obama told a Colorado town hall he'd cover "two-thirds" of the "roughly $900 billion" of his plan's cost by "eliminating waste," again citing Medicare Advantage.

Who's right? As a former senior adviser, I can tell you who: the president. What's more, according to a White House fact sheet titled "Paying for Health Care Reform," Mr. Axelrod was misleading his readers. It notes the administration would cut $622 billion from Medicare and Medicaid, with a big chunk coming from Medicare Advantage, to pay for overhauling health care. Mr. Obama heralded these cuts as "common sense" in his June 13 radio address.

FULL ARTICLE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203706604574374584177632694.html

Related Article

0cdba45cbca518a5575339230ecb4f72
July 18, 2019 |
Article
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think much of the agencies that keep America safe. New Yorker editor David Remnick recently asked about her call to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ...
4cdf757fa33b7aeec9a473aea790318f
July 11, 2019 |
Article
Helped by the secretive Italian firm Simul Viator Muneris to gain access to the Quantum Realm, I recently traveled to Nov. 2, 2020, to the Democratic presidential nominee’s final election rally.  ...
59a001727a2071aadbf00c6818fde95e
June 27, 2019 |
Article
At the dawn of the modern political era, about 50 years ago, Republicans dominated small-dollar campaign giving using the then-new technology of direct mail.  ...
59891d3ed2dc4b02fe2751adcca494bc
June 20, 2019 |
Article
‘I plan on—if I’m your nominee—winning Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina . . . and I believe we can win Texas and Florida,” Joe Biden declared Monday. ...
Button karlsbooks
Button readinglist
Button nextapperance