If not repealed, Obamacare would be financed through a combination of Medicare cuts, tax increases, and deficit spending. But to hear the Obama administration talk, Obamacare would instead improve Medicare coverage, lower taxes, and cut the deficit. The administration's amazing claims beg the following question: Where, then, would the funding for Obamacare actually come from?
It's particularly brazen for the Obama administration to think that it can loot about $1 trillion from Medicare to fund Obamacare (that's the amount the Congressional Budget Office projects over Obamacare's first real decade, 2014 to 2023) and get away with it. It's even more shameless to trot out poor Andy Griffith – who, as most everyone knows, played the sensible, level-headed, beloved sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show in the early 1960s – to tell them they're "gonna like it." Of course, back in the '60s, Griffith's lines weren't being read (at taxpayer expense) from a government-written script, supporting government-run health care, and contradicting the impartial findings of the government's own independent actuaries.
But seniors – and Americans of all ages – haven't been buying the propaganda so far, and they aren't likely to start now. Over the last three weeks, Rasmussen's poll of likely voters has shown both seniors and Americans as a whole favoring the repeal of Obamacare by the whopping average margin of 20 percentage points. Over that same 3-week span, more than half of all independents (51 percent) have "strongly" supported repeal, while fewer than a quarter (22 percent) have "strongly" opposed it. Even in New York, where President Obama won by 27 percentage points – even more than he won by in Massachusetts – 56 percent of voters now support Obamacare's repeal.