Jesse Kelly, Republican candidate for Congress, has launched his latest campaign with a lie about Medicare. This lie is the one about how Obamacare cuts $500 billion from Medicare. It has been used over and over by Republicans, and it is untrue.
For the Kelly campaign, this is just another version of the “Gabby stole your Medicare” signs that were posted all over Tucson in 2010. I hated those signs back then, and I’m really irritated by Jesse Kelly lying about Medicare yet again.
Here is the truth about Jesse Kelly’s lie, as reported in the Washington Post:
The savings actually are wrung from health-care providers, not Medicare beneficiaries. These spending reductions presumably would be a good thing, since virtually everyone agrees that Medicare spending is out of control. In the House Republican budget, lawmakers repealed the Obama health care law but retained all but $10 billion of the nearly $500 billion in Medicare savings, suggesting the actual policies enacted to achieve these spending reductions were not that objectionable to GOP lawmakers.
The Obama health care law also raised Medicare payroll taxes by $113 billion over 10 years, further strengthening the program’s financial condition, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Since about half of the $500 billion stems from reduced outlays for Medicare hospitalization expenses, the payroll taxes and those reductions would add about $358 billion to Medicare trust fund balances.
Repeat a lie enough times and it becomes the truth.
That seems to be the Jesse Kelly and Republican strategy when it comes to Medicare.
I just checked back to what I wrote about Jesse Kelly in September 2010 when he was quoted in the Arizona Daily Star as saying, ““Giffords cut $500 billion from Medicare, and Giffords eliminated Medicare Advantage, and now she is lying about…..”. The title of my post was “Jesse Kelly: Misinformed on Medicare Advantage”. It seems nothing has changed since his last campaign.