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Monday, April 19, 2010

Republicans: All Wrong, All the Time, Pt. 14 - Medicaid Costs

The Daily Caller reports on Obama's latest attempt at that hopey-changey thingy.

One week from Tuesday, 18 men and women will begin an attempt to fix, in eight months, what is possibly the country’s greatest problem: the federal budget deficit, national debt and runaway entitlement spending.
Many think they’re doomed to failure.

.  .  .
 Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said he is going to make “waste, abuse, fraud and inefficiencies” in Medicaid a priority issue and will make sure it gets attention in commission meetings.
“Nobody else is going to focus on that,” Coburn said. “Nobody else thinks the $300 billion that we waste every year is important. Over 10 years that’s $3 trillion. So we’re going to look at that aspect of it.”
Total Medicaid spending this year is currently pegged at $280 billion. How Coburn can think that all $280 billion that will be spent this year on Medicaid is waste--plus an extra $20 billion in waste even though we do not spend it--is beyond me.

I don't have a good feeling about this fiscal commission--not at all.


Suzan said...

Oh yeah.

And they are going to cut the people's programs to the bone.

And soon.

Thanks for running this!


or ar they so cynical, callous, and dishonest that facts and truth mean nothing to them?

Jazzbumpa said...

While I have NO reason to believe they are anything other than stupid, ignorant and lazy, I'm pretty convinced that cynical, callous, and dishonest wins the prize.

I don't remember where the quote came from, but someone wiser than I stated (more or less) that it's difficult to have someone tell the truth when they can enrich themselves telling lies.


Suzan said...

Nicely put.

And it's Upton Sinclair:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

Love ya, baby,


BadTux said...

"Math is hard."

-- Republican Barbie