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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.

4 comments:

Suzan said...

Oh yeah.

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

And soon.

Thanks for running this!

S

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

WASF,
JzB

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,

S
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BadTux said...

"Math is hard."

-- Republican Barbie