Skip to comments.The Baehr Essentials (Obama reelection)
Posted on 04/24/2012 12:43:19 PM PDT by jazusamo
2. It is pretty apparent that the Obama Administration will do pretty much anything to get Obama re-elected. But this takes the cake: $8 billion of federal money from the Department of Health and Human Services that is available for experiments, will instead be used to extend the Medicare Advantage program that ObamaCare would have curtailed. Medicare Advantage is a program very popular with seniors, and the money shuffling will extend the program through the date of the elections. An experiment to judge a program that is already in effect? huh? The cuts in Medicare Advantage were part of the "funding package" to supposedly help pay for ObamaCare. When the GOP argued that the new program was being funded in large part (about half) by cuts to Medicare, the Administration cried foul. In fact, the Administration has used the Medicare cuts twice -- once to supposedly extend the life of the Medicare Trust fund, and the second to pay for ObamaCare. Of course, it only be used for one or the other, but who is counting, when you are talking about double counting $500 billion over ten years. So far, the national networks have totally ignored the $8 billion ploy, for which the non-partisan Government Accounting Office is very critical.
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Just thinking off the top of my head, you would think that HHS / CMS could be sued to enjoin the Administration’s blatant misuse of these funds for obvious political ends. Problem is that the Republicans wan to see Medicare Advantage extended entirely and want the reform law upended by the Supreme Court. Obama calculates this is a no risk strategy.
Wouldn’t be surprised if this was Sec. Sebelius’ idea. Like you say though, it’s doubtful ant Repub will make a fuss.
Thanks for posting. Tactics of totalitarians...
...coming at us faster than we think.
Thanks for cross linking. Tactics of totalitarians is dead on the money.