[Guest post by DRJ]
Today in Ohio, President Obama decried the false and insidious claims about health care.
Was he talking about his false suggestion that cancer survivor Natoma Canfield is a victim of America’s heartless health care system? Or the New York Times’ manipulation of his photo to suggest the image of a Messiah in an article about health care reform? No, nor was he talking about his own over-the-top claim that employer health care premiums could “fall by as much as 3000% which means they could give you a raise.” (One guess who Obama wants to get the blame if employees don’t get raises in the coming years.)
So what does Obama think is false and insidious? Republican criticisms that health care reform would make dangerous cuts in Medicare.
Don’t believe the Republicans? Then try Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, the LA Times, and CNN, to name just a few, because all have reported the possibility of Medicare cuts. And last September, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf testified that, under a version of the health care plan, current Medicare Advantage subscribers would receive about half the benefits they receive today.
Finally, according to FactCheck.org, Obama has a history of telling falsehoods about Medicare cuts. So why should we trust him this time?