Demonstration programs are nothing new, in fact they were created to help find innovations in Medicare that would provide better services at lower cost, and have typically been quite successful. But this $8.3 billion expenditure doesn’t even pretend to meet the goal of innovating Medicare, and after a thorough review the General Accounting Office (GAO) labeled it a dud and a waste of taxpayer money, pointing out that it’s “at least seven times larger than that of any other Medicare demonstration conducted since 1995.”
The GAO recommended the program be canceled, but the White House of course is without shame, and has no such intention. The House GOP voted last week to defund the HHS slush fund to cover the cost of lower interest rate payments for student loans, a bold move but ultimately a futile one.
All Obama and the Democrats care about is survival by any means necessary. The truth is that they lied, telling seniors they had nothing to fear concerning their Medicare coverage, then to hide the lie they created another lie, a program whose sole reason for existence is to patch over their earlier lie. Their objective is simple deception, hiding the reality of disappearing coverage until after an election, pulling off yet another senior swindle to avoid the mother of all “October surprises.”
Obama is doing everything he can to eliminate any unpleasant bumps in the road to Election Day, and avoiding this potential “October surprise” for millions of seniors is a big step toward that end. Deception is his stock and trade as he runs from his record and attempts to fast-forward past the unpleasantness of the gradual implementation of Obamacare. That’s something that all of us, not just seniors losing quality Medicare coverage, are not looking forward to.
Jim Martin is chairman and founder of the 60 Plus Association, which represents 7.l million seniors nationally.