The official democratic talking points now are:
1) How many Americans are covered (another 31 million or about 10%)
2) The reduction in the deficit
Except statement 2 is a downright lie. Here's why.
Nearly half the reduction in the deficit is coming from reductions in medicare that they are turning around and spending on those
Most of the rest of the reduction is coming from fancy accounting related to federalizing the student loan program (thereby putting a few
The bill that came from the Senate includes somewhere between 5-10% cut in reimbursements to physicians (robbing premium-paying producers to pay more slackers). The house has no intention of letting that happen, so that money is going to get voted back into medicare this spring. Why not now? Because if you include it, there ain't no deficit reduction!
Liars, liars, pants on fire!
Why do I say slackers? Well, besides making a good soundbite, you have to remember that people near or below the poverty level are already covered by medicaid, as are people who are disabled and cannot work. This is covering not even 31 million more people because a lot of those people will have to get and pay for their own insurance or their employers will have to. So, it is spending a trillion or so to cover
But you won't hear that from the democrats. Because? They Lie!!!!