House Minority Leader John Boehner has some great advice for President Obama in this statement:
â€œOut-of-touch Washington Democratsâ€™ problem isnâ€™t the sales pitch for ObamaCare; the problem is ObamaCare itself. No glitzy PR campaign can hide the new health care lawâ€™s higher costs, higher taxes, Medicare cuts, and payoffs to Washington special interests. The fact that President Obama is promoting Medicare rebate checks that more than nine out of 10 Medicare beneficiaries will never receive is an indication of just how desperate the White House has become.
â€œA steady stream of inconvenient truths has tripped up the sales pitch for President Obamaâ€™s government takeover of health care since it became law. Analyses by both the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and the Obama Administrationâ€™s own Medicare actuary have confirmed that the new health care law will raise health care costs, not lower them as promised. In recognition of the new lawâ€™s crushing impact on job creation, the nationâ€™s leading small business organization, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), has joined with 20 states in a lawsuit against the Obama Administration. Millions of seniors are set to be forced off their current Medicare coverage. Employers bracing for the new lawâ€™s higher costs are already signaling that they will have to cut hours, eliminate jobs, or drop employee coverage altogether.
â€œThe sooner President Obama can accept the fact that Americans have rejected his health care law, the sooner we can repeal it and replace it with common-sense reforms that lower costs and protect American jobs.â€
It’s painfully obvious that Obamacare is a losing issue for Democrats. If it wasn’t, they wouldn’t need a high-priced spin campaign to sell it after it’s become law.
It’s one thing to put a campaign together to get historic legislation passed. If it’s thoughtful, intelligent legislation, it’ll sell itself. It shouldn’t need a 5 year, $125,000,000,000 commitment to sell the legislation after it’s signed into law.
Here in Minnesota, Rep. Paul Thissen wrote an op-ed in yesterday’s St. Cloud Times in an attempt to defend Obamacare. Here’s where Rep. Thissen’s argument goes south:
This month, Minnesota has the chance to move those individuals to Medicaid. Taking the Medicaid option would match our billion-plus with a billion-plus in federal dollars. (Weâ€™d also cover about 10,000 more people, but for every additional dollar weâ€™d spend, the state would get back $7.45, a strong return on investment.)
By admitting that these extra 10,000 people would be absorbed by Medicaid, Rep. Thissen is admitting that they’re getting dumped into a program that doesn’t control costs. We know this thanks to this post on the Heritage Foundation’s blog:
How fiscally shaky is Medicaid today? Well, last year Congress used the stimulus bill to give states $87 billion to help them cover rising Medicaid costs. And that doesnâ€™t seem to be enough.
A recent letter from House Democrats encourages their colleagues to give states another $24 billion to help them cover Medicaid costs for another six months. â€œWithout this funding,â€ the letter says, â€œour states will be forced to make severe cuts to Medicaid providers and benefits, and the ensuing budget shortfall would have grave consequences for school funding and other essential state programs.â€
Why would Rep. Thissen think that putting people in a program whose costs are spiraling out of control is smart policy? That’s before talking about the fact that the $24,000,000,000 isn’t just in addition to the $87,000,000,000. It’s in addition to the $87,000,000,000 appropriation in 2009 plus the $87,000,000,000 added to the Medicaid baseline budget in FY2010.
This information is particularly helpful in deciding whether expanding Medicaid is a good deal for states:
Please recall that the federal taxpayer is required to foot the entire bill for the big expansion that starts in 2014. But after 2016, states will be on the hook to pay their share of a massively larger program.
I wrote frequently and extensively about how Medicaid expansion would hurt states’ budgets. The Democrats’ own letter verifies my worries. It wasn’t the Republicans’ letter that said not throwing money at Medicaid “would have grave consequences for school funding and other essential state programs.â€
If Rep. Thissen wants to argue with that assessment, I’m sure he can contact the Democrats that offered that appraisal. If Democrats didn’t think of Medicaid as sacrosanct, beyond review, they might’ve found a sustainable solution to this nation’s health care problems. Because they were chained to the past ‘solutions’ that are now failing, Democrats were chained to the same-old-same-old.
That isn’t a solution. It’s just a tired exercise in ancient ideology.
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Cross-posted at California Conservative