The leadership of the Democratic Congressional caucus has sent around a memo of talking points which explicitly states to not discuss the fact that the leadership intends to repeal the medicare cuts that were put in the health care nationalization legislation to make it look less expensive. Why isn’t this a headline in most newspapers? Is it just not topical enough?
On the eve of the possible passage of a health care bill, Arizona has provided a glimpse of our possible future by shutting down its SCHIP program and booting a bunch of people out of Medicaid […]
The reason this is so troubling, of course, is that the new proposed health care plan gets about half of its coverage expansion through adding people to Medicaid. The state side of this expense doesn’t show up on the books as a government expenditure (neatly enabling the bill to get a lower CBO score), but someone in America has to be taxed to pay for it, and there is a big problem when tax revenues fall short of the required expenditure.
The flagrant budget gaming here is astounding, and the near silence of Old Media on the subject is telling.