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Who Will Mediscare the Dems? It's actually Obama who is throwing Granny under the bus.
American Thinker ^ | 04/26/2011 | Christopher Chantrill

Posted on 04/26/2011 5:52:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Some conservatives are getting nervous about the polls on Medicare.  Apparently about 80 percent of Americans are opposed to cuts in Medicare.  Mona Charen, for one, is steeling herself for the inevitable Mediscare campaign from the Democrats.

The Democrats have always known how to scare the pants off grannie at any suggestion of cuts to Medicare and Social Security.  For years and years, Republicans didn't know how to respond to their Mediscare.  But now things are different.  These days the American people are good and scared about debts and deficits.  So it's now possible to scare the pants off granny if we don't fix Medicare.

And this time, we have the president on our side.  President Obama obligingly brought up the Independent Payment Advisory Board -- the "death panel" that exercised Sarah Palin a couple of years ago -- for praise in his George Washington University speech April 13.  Said the president:

And we will slow the growth of Medicare costs by strengthening an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers who will look at all the evidence and recommend the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending while protecting access to the services that seniors need.

The IPAB is not in the business of lowering health costs, the Wall Street Journal writes.  Its mandate has nothing to do with "bending the cost curve."  Its job is to lower Medicare reimbursements.

Since the board is not allowed by law to restrict treatments, ask seniors to pay more, or raise taxes or the retirement age, it can mean only one thing: arbitrarily paying less for the services seniors receive, via fiat pricing.

The IPAB's job is to lower prices paid to providers by Medicare.  Its job is price control.  And this is not a proposal in a budget put together by a congressman that nobody knows.  This is the law as passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by President Obama.

"It's the law" that to keep Medicare costs down we are going to throw grannie into the snow.  The proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan (D-WI) is just that: a proposal.

Now I'm not an expert in campaign speechifying, but if I were putting together a compelling sound bite on the IPAB suitable for delivery on the campaign trail, I'd say this.  Mr. President, I'd say.  The science is in on this.  There's a consensus among economists about bureaucratic price controls.  They cause shortages, inflation, and they institutionalize crony capitalism as businesses hurt by price controls learn to game the political system in order to escape the government's mandate and stay in business.  You can't bend the cost curve with price controls.  All you can do is wreck the health care system.  Your ObamaCare is going to throw granny out into the snow.

Actually, I'd continue, there's a real question about whether the president's death panel would ever summon up the courage to pull the trigger on its price controls.  After all, the administration has been promising to lower Medicare reimbursements every year, and every year Congress rescinds the cuts and kicks the can down the road one more time.  But one day soon when the government defaults on its debt it won't be the can you kick; it will be granny.

So who is going to bell the cat?  Who is going to do the Mediscare on the Democrats?  And who will have the cojones to get out and rally the American people when the community organizers get busy and start putting their government employees and program beneficiaries into the street, and the MSM reports that minorities and women are hardest hit?

Isn't it glaringly obvious?  I've nothing against Mitt Romney (MA), Mitch Daniels (IN), and Tim Pawlenty (MN).  They have shown gobs of leadership as governors, but they don't exactly stir the passions of the faithful.  I'm all in favor of Newt Gingrich, except he does come over as a know-it-all.  Donald Trump must be the best publicity hound ever whelped.  So he should stick to dog shows.

Sarah Palin is the politician that first put her finger on the "death panels."  Sarah Palin is the politician with a solid Drill, Drill, Drill record on energy.  Sarah Palin was the politician talking about a "bullet train to bankruptcy" before it turned out that the Chinese bullet trains were going bankrupt.  Sarah Palin is the politician that came out and told the union members in Wisconsin that their pensions were sacred and that Gov. Scott Walker was the guy making sure that his state would have the money to pay them.

Of any politician in the United States today, it may be said that Sarah Palin comes closest to perfect pitch.  Why then are the big Poo-bahs counting her out?  Do they know something we don't know?  Or is it just that she doesn't owe them anything, and they don't like that?

I say Give 'em hell, Harry Sarah.

Christopher Chantrill is a frequent contributor to American Thinker.  See his and also  At he is blogging and writing An American Manifesto: Life After Liberalism.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budgetdeficit; debt; medicare; scaretactics

1 posted on 04/26/2011 5:52:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

But can Granny truly understand?

2 posted on 04/26/2011 5:54:25 AM PDT by Theodore R. (John Boehner just surrendered the only weapon with which he had to fight. What does OH see in him?)
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To: Theodore R.

Don’t underestimated my mother ( a granny ). She’s smarter than the average politician.

3 posted on 04/26/2011 6:00:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

For two friggin’ years, seniors have gone without COLA. When we do get it, it will all go into a Medicare Part B increase.

4 posted on 04/26/2011 6:21:42 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind


5 posted on 04/26/2011 6:59:47 AM PDT by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: Sacajaweau

Doctors are refusing new Medicare patients. The commodity lines have tripled in the past 2 years of very frail seniors, who qualify for a whopping $10-30 in food stamps. And the welfare queens beat them to the heating/cooling assistance because they are to frail to stand in line for HOURS at a time.

6 posted on 04/26/2011 7:02:43 AM PDT by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: GailA

OK look. It ain’t really a question of do we cut off granny or do we cut off the babies...........whose mothers you have referred to as “welfare queens”.

It’s a question of stopping the printing of money. It’s a question of employing laws that allow small (as opposed to huge corporate) business to thrive so that our economy can get some traction. Every man that wants a job should be able to get a job. Even felons. The way our justice and police are operating now scars these young idiots for life so they can never get a job.

It’s further a question of getting the corporations to pay taxes.

7 posted on 04/26/2011 7:22:38 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: GailA

And furthermore, what ever happened to letting granny live with you? Then maybe she could afford more.

8 posted on 04/26/2011 7:24:16 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: GailA

Their independence to refuse Medicare patients as they have done with MediCal will only last until Obamacare forces them out of private practice into groups run and managed by the Secretary of HHS. Obama’s goal is to make physicians government employees with a union like the nurses. Can you imagine Granny’s outrage when the doctors go on strike?? That is if she survives this debacle Obamacare has as it’s goal to make health care delivery same as the post office. with the compassion of your local postal worker.

9 posted on 04/26/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT by Semperfiwife (And its 1, 2, 3 - what are we fighting for?? Don't ask Obama)
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To: Semperfiwife

I figured drafting doc would be the next move. I thought this was the USA not CUBA!

10 posted on 04/26/2011 2:15:42 PM PDT by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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