Rep. Paul Ryan takes apart Obamacare numbers

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At yesterday's health care summit, Paul Ryan, a Republican congressman from Wisconsin, took six minutes to go point-by-point through the budgetary sleight of hand used to make the Democratic health care plan appear to reduce the deficit. The list includes double-counting, cuts to Medicare reimbursement (the kind of cuts that Congress always reverses) that likely won't happen, and the biggest trick of all -- ten-year budget scoring includes ten years of tax increases and ten years of Medicare cuts but only six years of new spending. An honest calculation, looking at the first ten years of spending, results in a cost of $2.3 trillion.

(Via Hot Air.)

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Bob said:

Watching President Obambi in action at this week's Kabuki Theater on Health Insurance, it is obvious that with the skillful provocation of an agent provacateur, he could be made to explode in an appropriate public forum.

He has so much anger bubbling just below the surface just seething to erupt, only the right accelerant is needed to make him burn totally up.

Probably why he's gone 217 days since his last press conference. He's the POTUS that is master of the TOTUS: The Teleprompter of the President.

Take it away, and an unscripted Obambi is rambling and volatile.

Anyone got a match??

Jan Thomas said:

To Bob : I am just waiting for it to happen, and I hope it happens very soon! The man is just not up to the job or the country.

Bob said:

To Jan Thomas:

HURRY the day....

mark said:

The problem with the Democratic approach to health care reform is not its cost -- that can be debated ad nauseum; it's that the proposed structural changes are simply not fundamental enough.

The most equitable approach is a single-payer universal system. Of course, people should always be free to pay for supplemental care out of their own after-tax resources, sort of like many do now for private education.

And education actually provides a fitting analogy for health care. While compelling arguments can be made for vouchers, charter schools, and other means of channeling education tax dollars into areas of greater school choice, no one in the mainstream (left or right) seems inclined to argue that one should receive basic (primary and secondary) education only if one's family can afford it.

Yet that is exactly the type of system we are tolerating with health care -- where an individual's lack of resources means an absence of routine and preventative care that ultimately exacts enormous pain on the individual and staggering costs (for acute care) on the rest of us.

Why should the "right" to, and provision of, health care be any different than for education? Some may disagree, but to me health seems even more fundamental a "right" than education.

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