The Huge Boehner-Pelosi Deal That Could Change Medicare Forever


Talking Points Memo has the article The Huge Boehner-Pelosi Deal That Could Change Medicare Forever.

WASHINGTON — The House’s top two leaders are on the verge of securing a sweeping deal to permanently fix a gaping hole in Medicare that has haunted Congress for more than a decade while also securing significant long-term savings in the program.WASHINGTON — The House’s top two leaders are on the verge of securing a sweeping deal to permanently fix a gaping hole in Medicare that has haunted Congress for more than a decade while also securing significant long-term savings in the program.

Warning, progressives, the devil is in the details.  I fear the devil in the “significant long-term savings in the program”.

However, putting that aside, the article goes on to discuss the support for the plan among Republicans.

“So far as it goes, I think it’s good. We need some of the structural entitlement reform. That’s a good thing. I support extending S-CHIP. That’s a good thing. What’s not good is right now it’s not paid for,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), a long-serving conservative who went on to say, “I know how hard this is. Our seniors are having more and more difficulty getting doctors because Medicare doesn’t reimburse, and doctors are dropping Medicare.”

You see that there it is again, the ugly myth that increases in one part of the budget have to be “paid for”  somehow.  As I have pointed out on numerous occasions on this blog and most recently in the post  Sanders budget measure fails, but Senate Democrats had his back, progressives will rue all the occasions they paid homage to this myth just to mollify the Republicans.  See my previous post for one of my many explanations of why this myth is completely untrue and also very harmful to the goal of a healthy economy that is good for all the people in this country.

I didn’t know it when I made the prediction in the previous post, but the day for ruing was already upon us (no surprise really).  I had been ignoring this Medicare deal story, because I was so skeptical of the devil in the details.  For a while I just preferred not to know.  But ignorance is not really bliss.


March 26, 2015

I may be slow on the uptake. I just got the sarcasm of the words in the title “Huge Boehner”.

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