No, I’m not making this up: In an interview with ABC News yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that “there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t.” The remedy for the poor, bewildered public? “We have a lot of reeducation to do.”
As Glenn Reynolds quipped, “Maybe there are camps for that?”
Still, if it’s reeducation that’s needed, maybe we ought to start with Sebelius, who seems to be somewhat confused herself. She’s still arguing that the PPACA extends the solvency of Medicare:
Sebelius argues the reforms “strengthen” Medicare, extending its solvency by 12 years through 2029. “My view is actually supported by independent actuaries, by economists and by the Congressional Budget Office,” Sebelius said.
Except that, as I noted earlier this month, this claim is very much not supported by the CBO, which released a letter last December concluding that “to describe the full amount of HI trust fund savings as both improving the government’s ability to pay future Medicare benefits and financing new spending outside of Medicare would essentially double-count a large share of those savings.”