Monday, July 2, 2012

Fact Checking Mitt Romney on Obamacare


MItt Romney is not a happy camper in the wake of the Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare.  On the eve of America's Independence day celebrations,  Mitt and the GOP are telling some real whoppers in order to scare the pants off the American public.   It's all fabricated doom and gloom about how the founding fathers are spinning in their graves( they're not) and  Americans will lose their freedoms (they won't)  and creeping socialism will ruin the country (for the last time, Obama is NOT a socialist).

These guys keep trying the same lies over and over again.  It all reminds me of Sarah Palin and her " Death Panels"  back in 2009 during the original  debates. Makes me wish they would come up with a new approach.

 According to Politifact.com's Truth o'Meter, here's  the whopper Mitt was telling on the trail  over the week-end.  It got lots of attention and was totally debunked, but I am sure the faithful base still believes it anyway.

.  Right after the Supreme Court decision came down, Mitt said:

"Obamacare raises taxes on the American people by approximately $500 billion. Obamacare cuts Medicare -- cuts Medicare by approximately $500 billion," Romney said. "And even with those cuts and tax increases, Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt, and pushes those obligations on to coming generations."

The fact is that, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare will  actually lower the deficit by about $124 billion over 10 years.  Read the entire article here.

As for cutting Medicare-- according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, benefits over the next decade will not be cut for recipients nor will spending. what will happen is that growth will be slowed.ABC News did a very complete rundown on this. Check it out

Playing games with numbers is one thing-- but outright lies are something else.  Mitt must be getting desperate.  I think I see his nose growing longer, don't you?

2 comments:

matthc said...

Obamacare actually results in an increase in the deficit by nearly $500 billion over the next ten years due to the Supreme Court's ruling that states are exempt from the Medicaid Expansion.

Source:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2012/06/28/why-the-supreme-court-decision-on-obamacare-may-dramatically-increase-the-deficit/

pinkpackrat said...

I'm not very impressed by the Forbes Magazine article you cite as your source. Its thesis makes a lot of assumptions about what states might or might not do in response to the Medicaid exemption. Even the headline is conditional. As far as I can see it is mostly blue sky and wishful Republican thinking. I'll stick with the Congressional Budget Office which is non-partisan and more factual in its approach

I'd also like to point out the original "study" on which the Forbes article is based uses fancy slight of hand accounting to come up with a theory that just isn't true and won't be true no matter how many times Mitt Romney says it is.

You cite Forbes? I cite The Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/the-weird-baseline-obamacares-opponents-are-using/2012/04/10/gIQAu3de8S_blog.html