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Health Care Reform: We'll Pay For It Later

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Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson notices the buy now, pay later strategy in health care reform too:

As we recover slowly from a devastating recession, it's widely agreed that, though deficits should not be cut abruptly (lest the economy resume its slump), a prudent society would embark on long-term policies to control health costs, reduce government spending and curb massive future deficits. The administration estimates these at $9 trillion from 2010 to 2019. The president and all his top economic advisers proclaim the same cautionary message.

So what do they do? Just the opposite. Their far-reaching overhaul of the health-care system—which Congress is halfway toward enacting—would almost certainly make matters worse. It would create new, open-ended medical entitlements that threaten higher deficits and would do little to suppress surging health costs. The disconnect between what President Obama says and what he's doing is so glaring that most people could not abide it. The president, his advisers and allies have no trouble. But reconciling blatantly contradictory objectives requires them to engage in willful self-deception, public dishonesty, or both.

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  1. OMG!!!!111!!11 It’s like they’re lying.
    Those dirty liers.

  2. “As we recover slowly from a devastating recession cycle of hysterical recession rhetoric”

  3. The idea is to get it and not talk about the costs. Then when the thing threatens to bankrupt the govenrment, get Republicans on board to be statesman like and share in the pain of killing grandma and destroying medical research in this country.

    1. Exactly. Once the program is in place few Republicans will have the stones to even whisper of repeal, and those that do will be labeled “baby killers”.

  4. Their far-reaching overhaul of the health-care system

    Goddammit, Samuelson, not you, too.
    They haven’t fucking touched the health-care system.

    And they sure as hell aren’t “reforming” anything.

    1. Maybe they just mean Re-Form. Like those evil amorphous aliens who just come back together no matter how many times you blow them up.

  5. The Washington Post is not a real news organization.

    1. There is a lot of that going around.

  6. The Washington Post is not a real news organization.

    Only because Obama lying is not real news, kinda like the Normandy landings aren’t real news – they are given historical fact.

  7. How long until Samuelson turns up in Fort Marcy Park?

  8. How long until Samuelson turns up in Fort Marcy Park?

    Nope, The Chicago River

  9. Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson notices the buy now, pay later strategy in health care reform too[…] a prudent society would embark on long-term policies to control health costs, reduce government spending and curb massive future deficits.

    And thus the Lord sayeth to His Children: the Day of Reckoning shall be upon you when Samuelson concedes deficits must be cut…

  10. Samuelson writes:
    As we recover slowly from a devastating recession, it’s widely agreed that, though deficits should not be cut abruptly (lest the economy resume its slump)[…]

    Yes, Robert, it is widely agreed – for example, my wife agrees with the premise that we should not cut our credit cards lest we enter a “slump” in footwear…

  11. Samuelson:
    But reconciling blatantly contradictory objectives requires them [Obama and his advisors] to engage in willful self-deception, public dishonesty, or both.

    If they were really smart, then it is willful public dishonesty. If they are stupid, then it is self-deception. They certainly cannot be both, unless they were Harvard or Princeton graduates . . . oh, right.

  12. You can be assured that there will be several angry letters in the Post this week, denouncing Samuelson’s column as evil Republican poppycock. I think they’re the same people who write in every week, and are published, complaining about the latest George Will column.

    Comedy gold, those letter writers are.

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