In early August, Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) held a town hall that focused a great deal of time on Obamacare. In her presentation – which was supplemented by several supporters on the stage – the Congresswoman misrepresented Obamacare in at least three ways.
Hat tip to Linda Dorr of the Laguna Beach Tea Party for giving Tea Party Patriots video of the town hall, including this clip seen below:
The first way the Congresswoman misled was to say that there are no cuts to Medicare, in response to Dorr’s question about the $716 billion in Medicare cuts. This is an incorrect statement, as explained by James Agresti of Just Facts last year:
…Medicare is a mandatory program, http://www.cbo.gov/publication/42214 and its funding is generally “authorized by permanent laws” that set spending levels through “eligibility rules and benefit formulas.” Thus, as more people enter Medicare and as the costs of healthcare rise, these formulas automatically adjust spending to compensate for such factors. By changing these formulas, Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/43471-hr6079.pdf over the next ten years relative to what it would have been otherwise and by far more in years to come.
The Congresswoman followed up this inaccuracy with a second one: Obamacare is merely replacing the non-existent cuts with savings of $600 billion over a decade in fraud prevention. Yet nowhere in the final Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) analysis of Obamacare is any large-scale fraud prevention even mentioned, never mind given a figure of $600 billion. Tea Party Patriots contacted the Congresswoman’s office to validate the source of her figures. As of publication time, no response has been received.
Finally, Rep. Sanchez’s projection of $600 billion in fraud savings ignores that $60 billion is the mid-range annual estimate of fraud in Medicare. In other words, to eliminate $600 billion in fraud over 10 years, the Medicare program would have to eliminate every single dollar of fraud. The track record of fraud prevention in government makes her claim laughably false and there’s no reason to think fraud under Obamacare will be any better.
Obamacare is a train wreck, even Democrats and unions think so. Representative Sanchez proves there’s no way to put a positive spin on the law without twisting facts or creating numbers out of thin air.