Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

McCain Plans Massive Medicare/Medicaid Cuts

Holy crapsky, this is explosive.

John McCain really does hate government spending. For weeks we’ve been hearing about McCain plans on providing tax credits for Americans to buy their own health care – a scam, as Obama points out, paid for by taxing health benefits.

Well, if only that were the extent of it. The Wall Street Journal has the scoop:

John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.

Say what?!?!?!

The Republican presidential nominee has said little about the proposed cuts, but they are needed to keep his health-care plan “budget neutral,” as he has promised. The McCain campaign hasn’t given a specific figure for the cuts, but didn’t dispute the analysts’ estimate.

Said little? In fact I’d say McCain has said nothing about them. And with good reason. His best hope for victory is a large margin of victory amongst the oldest voters. Well, if the market’s tanking and the notion of McCain’s privatizing social security wasn’t enough for them, how about a trillion dollar cut in Medicare?

Mr. Holtz-Eakin said the Medicare and Medicaid changes would improve the programs and eliminate fraud, but he didn’t detail where the cuts would come from. “It’s about giving them the benefit package that has been promised to them by law at lower cost,” he said.

Okay, I don’t dispute there are ways to improve the programs and that there might be some fraud. But $1.3 trillion in cost-savings simply by “improving” these programs? No. If McCain is committed to funding his health care proposal this way, he will simply cut the money first and push Medicare and Medicaid to figure it out. But realistically this will mean massive reduction in benefits at best.

At worst, this is the beginning of the end of these programs. And let’s be clear: that is most likely McCain’s ultimate goal. He wants to phase out these government programs and phase in “tax credits” for consumers to buy their own health plans.

Obama campaign, you have yet another gift that fell into your lap. Quietly, stealthily, the McCain has planned the wholesale destruction of some of the most vital social safety nets this country has.

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October 6, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. looks doomed from the get go…
    More government doing nothing while the world collapses around all of us…

    Comment by BJ, CA | October 6, 2008 | Reply

  2. No wonder he’s keeping the campaign negative. If he were to actually tell the people what his policies were, his ratings would drop like a stone!

    Comment by dragonmage06 | October 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. Here’s my First Rule of Politics: If a candidate promises to close a budget gap by reducing “waste, fraud and abuse”, you should assume that person has absolutely nothing of substance to offer.

    Comment by GDH1 | October 6, 2008 | Reply

  4. As a primary health care provider, my concerns about my patients increase everytime McCain breathes. Naturally, he does not need to be concerned about funding his own healthcare (plus since he is a vet, HIS healthcare is paid for by the taxpayers). Lets get the latest meical tax and cut horror show out as part of mainstream dialogue.

    Comment by dawnbc1 | October 6, 2008 | Reply

  5. Avote for John McCain is a vote to cut every social program that the some of the middle and lower class families NEED and USE!

    I the first debate, McCain did not mention the middle class (let alone the lower class) NOT ONCE!! Proof that McCain has no regard for the fate of the middle and lower class families.

    Barrack Obama has been right all along…JOHN McCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Would you expect anything else, after all, he owns 7 houses.

    Comment by Doug | October 6, 2008 | Reply

  6. I would not feel comfortable with having to purchase my own health plan like McCain wants. Its already expensive to have insurance and cutting medicare and medicaid would not be a help for many people who need the insurance.

    Comment by Rachel | October 6, 2008 | Reply

  7. I was very undecided who to vote for, untill today. Medicare/medicaid is already hurting, they say that these programs will be faised out in around 20021. If Mccain cuts these programs to fund his health care plan, we are in big trouble. Citizens that have worked hard all there life to retire, hoping to draw social security, there will be none.

    Comment by csb | October 23, 2008 | Reply


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