Congressional Budget Fraud
The Democrats in Congress are committing congressional budget fraud. They are misrepresenting the Republican proposed budget and are fear mongering. The proposed budget according to the bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office calculates that the Republican health bill would cut Medicaid spending by $834 billion over the next ten years.
What the fear mongers forget to tell the elderly in this country is that not one penny is being cut from the Medicaid budget, rather the rate of growth of the budget is being reduced. Simply put no senior will lose his/her benefits over the next ten years. In addition the individual states under the health care bill will be providing additional funding on a discretionary basis. This is not part of the calculations made by the Budget Office and is not being reported as part of the budget discussions.
No one with pre-existing conditions will lose their insurance and the young will not have to subsidize their care. Consumers will be able to pick and choose what overages they need and want without the government mandating what they must have. The system in place to day is dieing of its own weight and the theory that the young would subsidize the cost of caring for the elderly has proven to be a mistake of monumental proportions.
What is going on is that the Democrats are scaring everyone and the providers are joining them to protect their income stream down the road. This is being done so that the democrats can gain votes for the mid-term elections and the providers are joining them so that they can secure a larger piece of the budget pie. None of this has to do with the actual facts.
Unfortunately very few of the news outlets are taking the time (I assume it is time constraints, not bias) to report the facts surrounding the bill and its real effect on the seniors in this country. Certainly over the next weeks there will be changes to the bill, but the idea of cutting the growth rate is one that should be preserved. Benefits can be protected, while gaining control of the health care budget growth.
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