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Dishonest Repubgelicains Contort The Truth Again

A friend of mine on Facebook posted a link to an article that describes the latest in a very, very long list of spin, rationalizations, truth contortions, and outright lies that the Repubgelican party is feeding the American Public these days.

It has to do with the Repubgelicans’ claim that Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the Obama Administration, is a “rationing board” of bureaucrats created by ObamaCare. They claim that:

” The IPAB will be, essentially, the rationing board that will decide who gets what care.” (The Hill, http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/dick-morris/156879-obamas-medicare-hypocrisy)

This is an outright lie.  According to the White House’s own web page about the IPAB:

“IPAB is specifically prohibited by law from recommending any policies that ration care, raise taxes, increase premiums or cost-sharing, restrict benefits or modify who is eligible for Medicare.”  (emphasis mine)

Just to make it clear that the Administration isn’t the one making the decisions here, the White House goes on to say:

Congress then has the power to accept or reject these recommendations. If Congress rejects the recommendations, and Medicare spending exceeds specific targets, Congress must either enact policies that achieve equivalent savings or let the Secretary of Health and Human Services follow IPAB’s recommendations.

So it is congress, not the President, who has the final decision on Medicare spending.  The IPAB is merely an advisory board that makes recommendations to the President and Congress. Their recommendations have no weight of law behind them and only congress can make those recommendations law if they so choose.

This brings us to the really scummy part of the Repubgelicans hypocrisy and douche baggery:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Tuesday that private healthcare plans ration care for profit but that consumers should be free to buy whatever coverage they can afford rather than depend on government rationing.

What the Repubgelicans are saying here is that they are against any kind of rationing of medical care, unless that care is being provided by for-profit medical insurance companies.  That’s right, rationing is good if someone is making money off of denying your life saving care, but evil if no one profits it from it.

The Repubgelicans are liars of the most detestable sort, because they refuse to admit that they support the same ‘rationing” of medical care that the Democrats supposedly do.  The only difference is that they try to justify their stance as being about choice and the all mighty corporate dollar.  “Douche bags” doesn’t even begin to describe these cretins.

 

May 7, 2011 - Posted by | Social Justice | , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. excellent and informative post, thank you.

    Just one quibble

    Your title is redundant:

    Dishonest Repubgelicains

    Comment by fribnit | May 8, 2011 | Reply

    • Just chalk it up to dramatic license. :)

      Comment by Jay Walker | May 8, 2011 | Reply

    • *giggling*

      Comment by Denise | May 8, 2011 | Reply

  2. Gah…between this, and b.s. & H.R.3, I could just scream. Why do they keep trying to behave as though the Hyde Amendment hasn’t covered that since the 70s? Why do they want the IRS involved in a woman’s healthcare?

    Oh that’s right…they want to blast us back about 150 years. *grrrrr*

    Comment by Denise | May 8, 2011 | Reply

    • We have a long, hard fight on our hands. We do have two things in our favor: the Senate and the President. Hopefully most of that misogynistic crap will be stripped out in committee when the House and Senate sit down to hammer out an agreement. If not, let’s hope Obama isn’t afraid to use that veto pen of his.

      Comment by Jay Walker | May 8, 2011 | Reply


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