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What Health Care Reform Won't Do

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As the health reform effort enters a tailspin, top administration officials continue to misrepresent the facts about the bill. For example, here's Obama adviser David Axelrod attempting to sell people on the idea that passing this bill is about something more than pushing a political agenda:

"It is not just getting the achievement under the belt. I think there are tangible benefits that people will accrue across this country as soon as this bill is signed. They will have more leverage, have more prescription drug coverage, Medicare is going to be extended by a decade…"

Not only is the idea that the bill can still be passed borderline delusional at this point, the talking point that it will extend Medicare has been debunked for weeks. Late last month, the CBO released a memo saying that it would be inaccurate to claim, as Democrats had been doing, that reform reduces the deficit and extends the solvency of Medicare; it can only do one or the other. Given that CBO-certified deficit neutrality has been the one standard that President Obama has insisted the bill meet throughout the year, there is effectively no chance that Democrats would choose to extend Medicare's solvency instead.

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  1. Medicare is going to be extended by a decade…”

    Wow, even when they lie they can’t kick the can further down the road than a lousy ten years?

  2. AT what point do some sane Democrats take Obama aside and have him send this clown back to Chicago? Has a President ever had a worse more out of touch political adviser than Axelrod? Karl Rove at least understood the evangelicals. Axelrod’s understanding of the country begins and ends with the cast of MSNBC.

    1. That’s crossed my mind too. I can’t believe that he actually makes a living giving political advice.

  3. Late last month, the CBO released a memo saying that it would be inaccurate to claim, as Democrats had been doing, that reform reduces the deficit and extends the solvency of Medicare; it can only do one or the other.

    Not strictly true. They could choose to split the difference on both. (Though the deficit reduction is a lie based on the budget window, and measuring 6 years of outlays against 10 years of revenue.)

    What they can’t do is double-count the money both ways. They could count it partially both ways (and still use their other lie.)

  4. “I think there are tangible benefits that people corporatists will accrue across this country as soon as this bill is signed.

  5. What Health Care Reform Won’t Do.

    It won’t save you money.

    There.

    1. It won’t “reform” anything.

  6. As the health reform effort enters a tailspin…

    Somewhere (possibly a Cambodian bordello) Bill Clinton is chuckling.

  7. You lie! Damn you Peter. 33% of those polled approve of Obamacare. 100% of that 33% believe in hope and change and unicorns.

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