Federal Agency: Obamacare Could "Jeopardize Access" to Care for Seniors
What death panels? Oh, you mean those death panels.
1:45 PM, Apr 23, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The AP reports that a new report by economic experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found that Obamacare "will increase national health care spending by $311 billion from 2010-2019, or nine-tenths of 1 percent." So much for bending the cost curve downward.
But the potentially more damaging finding for Democrats is the report's warning "that Medicare cuts may be unrealistic and unsustainable, driving about 15 percent of hospitals into the red and 'possibly jeopardizing access' to care for seniors."
Republicans have been accused of hypocritically attacking Obamacare's Medicare rationing while supporting Paul Ryan's free-market Medicare reforms, which affect those who are 55 or younger. But as Ryan told THE WEEKLY STANDARD it is possible to be anti-death panel, pro-fiscal responsibility when it comes to Medicare. Not all Medicare cuts are equal. It will obviously be a big challenge for Republicans to make this case this year and in the years to come.
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