Florida Republican Rep. Tom Rooney has been conducting a yes/no survey regarding support (or not) of $716 billion Obamacare cuts to Medicare that (he says) will directly impact seniors. This survey is misleading because it leaves out very important facts related to these cuts.
Cuts actually come from eliminating a massive subsidy to private insurers and a gradual cut to some providers (Medicare Advantage, for instance) as well as reduced fraud. Other cuts are in payments to hospitals and other facilities that are expected to experience increased funding as a result of required health insurance — costs that are now passed on to people who do have health insurance coverage to pay for those that don’t. These “cuts” are good things in achieving the goal to keep Medicare solvent.
This is just another example of Republican disinformation (lies) based upon the GOP philosophy that if you tell a lie often enough, it will be believed. And unfortunately for the too-often-mislead public, the lie is believed and perpetuated.
Congressman Allen West suggests that Obama is feeding Americans a “crap” sandwich. West is crass and incendiary with his political remarks — untruthful as well.
Congressmen like Rooney and West should be ashamed for perpetuating misleading information regarding Obamacare (actually, the Affordable Care Act). Better, they should promulgate a law that requires factual and truthful information in all political ads — and surveys.
Royal Palm Beach