It didn’t take the Republican Party long to completely distort a new report that health care reform will increase health care spending. Republicans are calling the bill a fiscal disaster without telling voters that the report only looked at expenditures, not increasing revenues, which are the savings will come from.
Here is the statement that Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) released about the report, “This new report from the President’s own Medicare agency confirms what we’ve known all along: The President and Congressional Democrats passed a health care law without any way to pay for it.”
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein explained the Republican lie, “First, be clear about what’s being estimated. The Congressional Budget Office’s estimates look at the deficit. CMS is looking at total national health expenditures. This often confuses people into thinking that there’s conflict between the two sets of numbers when there isn’t: CBO says that federal spending is going to go up to pay for the coverage expansion, but that savings and revenue will go up by even more, leading to a net reduction in the federal deficit. CMS is looking only at the spending side. And here’s what it finds: In 2019, implementation of the Affordable Care Act will reduce the ranks of the uninsured by 34 million people and increase nation health expenditures by 1 percent. “
Klein correctly pointed out that for the cost of a 1% increase in spending. We are adding 34 million uninsured people to the health care system. That is 34 million people who will be able to see a doctor or get the kind of care they need in a hospital, instead of the bare minimum required to patch them up and send them on their way. This seems like a very small price to pay to keep 34 million people healthy, but the GOP is so desperate for an issue that they are willing to lie and distort any negative piece of health care information all in the hope of taking back control of Congress.
They are so terrified that once Americans see the benefits of reform, they will be cooked as a viable political party. The GOP has been wrong from the outset on this issue, and their game plan is to keep the waters murky on health care through November, but a house built on lies is not a sturdy one, and it is only a matter of time until their Temple of Falsehoods collapses on top of them.
H/T: Media Matters Action
Category: Jason Easley