Saturday, March 05, 2011

Obamacare Fact of the Day

Even the Administration now admits that Obamacare's supposed savings are specious, as reported at the Daily Caller:
During a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted to double-counting in the Obamacare budget.

In her first appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee since the health-care law passed, Kathleen Sebelius responded to a line of questioning by Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois about whether $500 billion in Medicare cuts were used to sustain the program or pay for the law.

"There is an issue here on the budget because your own actuary has said you can’t double-count," said Shimkus. "You can’t count -- they’re attacking Medicare on the CR when their bill, your law, cut $500 billion from Medicare."

He continued: "Then you’re also using the same $500 billion to what? Say your funding health care. Your own actuary says you can’t do both. . . What’s the $500 billion in cuts for? Preserving Medicare or funding the health-care law?"

Sebelius’ reply? "Both."
As Pajamas Media's Charlie Martin says, "You mean they lied? You’re kidding."

(via Instapundit)


suek said...

Did you happen to see Michelle Bachman's presentation on the funding of Obamacare? It seems that somehow Congress managed to approve funding already for some $104 billion, and maybe plus that. Unless this congress manages to remove that funding, it's already in the bag.

To be honest, I don't really understand what she was talking about - it was on Greta's show, and only lasted about 5 minutes. She had cards with the dollar amounts, and made it clear that somehow it had already been appropriated by the previous congress (including, apparently, some 2 _billion_ per year for HHS after 2015, to be used for any purpose HHS decides is worthwhile). The whole thing was too much, too fast. It needs further exploration to clarify. At least, for me.

It's probably online somewhere, but I don't have a sound card - so I'm not going to go looking for it. It was on Greta's "On the Record" earlier this week.

OBloodyHell said...

> As Pajamas Media's Charlie Martin says, "You mean they lied? You’re kidding."

Naww. I don't believe it.

No, wait. Sorry, got that backwards:

"At what point have they told the truth? I don't believe it."