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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:21 PM

Brace Yourselves.....but don't Panic

Brace yourselves...Obama WILL cut Medicare spending


How do I know that President Obama will cut Medicare spending? Two reasons.

The first is because he already has.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/08/14/romneys-right-obamacare-cuts-medicare-by-716-billion-heres-how/ As we heard so much about in the recent presidential campaign, Obamacare reduced Medicare spending by $716 billion over 10 years.

And secondly, because he's promised to cut more.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/13/remarks-president-fiscal-policy

Already, the reforms we passed in the health care law will reduce our deficit by $1 trillion. My approach would build on these reforms. We will reduce wasteful subsidies and erroneous payments. We will cut spending on prescription drugs by using Medicare’s purchasing power to drive greater efficiency and speed generic brands of medicine onto the market. We will work with governors of both parties to demand more efficiency and accountability from Medicaid.

We will change the way we pay for health care -– not by the procedure or the number of days spent in a hospital, but with new incentives for doctors and hospitals to prevent injuries and improve results. And we will slow the growth of Medicare costs by strengthening an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers who will look at all the evidence and recommend the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending while protecting access to the services that seniors need.


SNIP:

But let me be absolutely clear: I will preserve these health care programs as a promise we make to each other in this society. I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry, with a shrinking benefit to pay for rising costs. I will not tell families with children who have disabilities that they have to fend for themselves. We will reform these programs, but we will not abandon the fundamental commitment this country has kept for generations.


Emphasis mine.

More here.
http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/01/brace-yourselvesobama-will-cut-medicare.html

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bigtree Jan 2013 #1
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Turbineguy Jan 2013 #2
Isoldeblue Jan 2013 #4
elehhhhna Jan 2013 #5
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #6
Isoldeblue Jan 2013 #7
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #8
Isoldeblue Jan 2013 #9
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #10
socialist_n_TN Jan 2013 #11

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:27 PM

1. good points, sheshe2

. . . either lost on many DUers, or deliberately obscured in their arguments.

I do think it's really more productive to watch and listen to what Pelosi and Reid will allow if you want to know the ultimate outcome of these proposed cuts.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:30 PM

3. Thanks bigtree...

Couldn't agree with you more!

sheshe

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:27 PM

2. That's the difference

When Obama reduces spending but maintains benefits, that's bad. When the GOP increases spending but reduces benefits that's good.

OK all you Faux watching wingnut trolls, maybe that's too complex for you: Obama = bad. GOP = good.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:37 PM

4. What is wrong with

Obamacare reducing Medicare spending by $716 billion over 10 years? That money was PORK. Hospitals and medical companies were getting much more than was necessary. But it didn't affect benefits. It actually insured benefits for another 8 years, then if it hadn't been done.

So what's your point? Other then to mislead what President Obama is actually doing.

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:41 PM

5. yeah = at least they mention tackling drug prices

which is a START~

Not like they said "DEATH PANELS mandatory by 2015."

GEEZ.

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:00 PM

6. Sorry, but you are missing the point of my thread.

I know we did not cut benefits. That is why I underlined the word spending.

I also highlighted the areas that again show spending cuts not benefit cuts. These areas show how great the plan really is.

I fully support the direction this President is taking us.

Misleading? No, not if you read the entire piece.There is also a lot more info at the links!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:15 PM

7. You're right.

My bad, for NOT understanding the intent and taking it wrong. I'm sorry.

Sometimes my cognitive abilities are off, due to health issues...

I just returned from browsing through your blog and enjoyed it very much.

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:28 PM

8. It's Okay Isoldeblue.

Smartypants always posts very insightful issues. She does so with a little twist. Her link to the address PBO made last April was wonderful.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Be well,

sheshe

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:37 PM

9. Thank you

I have my twisted version of the Serenity Prayer....

Accept

Reject

or

Haul ass

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Works for me.............

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:40 PM

10. LOL

...and welcome to DU!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:48 PM

11. It sounds like Obama is trying to make Medicare a.......

lean, mean, savings machine. More power to him. Now, does this mean he's going to offer this lean, mean, savings machine to everybody?

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