Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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.