Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Publish or Perish

In his weekly radio address, Barack Obama proudly proclaimed that a new report by the Medicare trustees shows that the president's healthcare policies have added another 12 years of financial security to the system.

Which would be great, if the report was accurate.

But neither the president nor the mainstream media has mentioned that the trustees report was
required to use the unrealistic financial assumptions contained in the Obamacare bill (such as payments to doctors going down 30% over the next 3 years with no ill effects to either doctors or patients). In other words, if Obamacare had contained language stipulating that doctors would make housecalls on flying pigs, the trustees report would have to describe the expected success of airborne porkers filling the skies.

Which is why Medicare's Chief Actuary labeled the report "unreasonable" and "implausible," and issued an "Illustrative Alternative" report on what the trustees think will really happen when Obamacare takes effect: tremendous spending cuts, a loss of services for senior citizens, doctors leaving the system, and many hospitals going out of business.

In fact, under Obamacare as written, 25% of medical facilities are predicted to disappear by 2030, and 40% will be gone by 2050. Which may be just as well since there won't be doctors to staff them.

It just goes to show that not every "second opinion" is going to be good news.

But if it's the truth, it's the only opinion that really counts.



Dixie said...

The government can't even lie effectively... and the Left wants to give them MORE things to do?

Emmentaler Limburger said...

Here! Let me help. If we rephrase that a little bit.... There!

The 0bama administration created or saved 12 years of Medicaid financial security though the passage of 0bamacare.

Now do you get it?

Suzy said...

Second opinion is always best, even if its truthful, so one knows to get one's affairs in order....

Spinelessobama said...

Facts. What are facts? The liberals do not know the meaning of the word. Facts just get in their way.

TheDarkKnight said...

"created or saved" - now that's funny ;-)


pryorguy said...

Truth is a very subjective thing here in the postmodern world....subject to however you want to see it...and proclaim it to meet your goals.

Actually Truth should always be OBJECTIVE...not swaying with opinion or agenda...and believe it or not, the truth is still around, just getting harder and harder for most folks to see it! Takes a lot of work and study.

Bobo said...

"Truth?!? They don't need no stinkin' truth."

They got facts:
1. They're in charge
2. We're not
3. See number 1 and repeat.

Berwick's orders:
Take two asprin, go to bed, call the mortuary in the morning.

My Dog Brewski said...

I pity you poor humans. In Obamaland it sucks to be you.

Anonymous said...

Since when did liberals and progressives ever care about facts. As long as something feels good is all that matters to them. Who cares if Obamacare will cause untold misery and destroy the health care system, according to the facts. It felt good to pass the legislation. They had the best of intentions. They wanted it to be successful. It's not their fault it didn't work. Who are they to know? Who is John Galt?

Emmentaler Limburger said...

naked: I have a feeling that after (hopefully, that's more of an "if" than a "when") 0bamacare is implemented, most of us won't be feeling very good - liberal or conservative. I'm already a bit sick over it...

Colby Muenster said...

... another 12 years of financial security?

Dang! What I wouldn't give for another 12 WEEKS of financial security. You know, it scares the shit out of me to think that there are still millions of people in this country who are still blinded by BO's crap and lies.

Folks, let us stay focused and engaged through November and beyond.

TartanMarine said...

This second opinion cartoon is great. I'm going to try to find space to "post" it in a newsletter for 1,400 surgeons, which should bring you some followers.

Bob Hall