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Obamacare at Center Stage

Aug 27, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 46 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Moreover, Obama has doubled-down on the IPAB. Not content with the largely unchecked powers that Obamacare grants it, he has called for “strengthening” it—for giving it more power to cut Medicare spending. He has referred to this as “further improving Medicare.”

Needless to say, there’s a great deal here for Romney and Ryan to expose. Every time Obama attacks them for the alleged evil of seeking to give future seniors more choice and letting them shop for value with premium support provided by the government, they can talk about the statist IPAB, Obama’s method of controlling costs. Every time Obama attacks them for their desire to reform Medicare, they can talk about how his health law raids it. Every time Obama attacks them for wanting to “end Medicare as we know it,” they can talk about how Obama already did that—and gave the loot to Obamacare.

These arguments aren’t novel. Ryan has been making them for two years. But he now has a bigger megaphone, and Romney has an even more powerful one.

The beauty of these counterattacks is that they will focus this election on Obamacare, the symbol and centerpiece of this presidency. Like his congressional Democratic cohorts in 2010, Obama can’t survive an election that’s focused on his signature legislation. Yet by attacking Romney and Ryan on Medicare, he has unwittingly helped bring Obamacare back to center stage. All Romney and Ryan need to do is keep it there.

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