In last night's U.S. Senate debate in New Hampshire between incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D.) and challenger Scott Brown (R.), Shaheen uttered a flat-out, bald-faced lie: that Obamacare doesn't cut Medicare spending to pay for its expansion of coverage to the uninsured. It's a talking point that a number of Democratic Senate candidates—and their enablers in the lefty blogosphere—have been clinging to. And it's embarrassingly dishonest.
“I want to go back to Scott Brown's suggestion that we've taken three-quarters of a trillion dollars out of Medicare. That's been shown to be false,” claimed Shaheen. “The fact is that our passage of the Affordable Care Act has actually lengthened the life of Medicare by 13 years.”
Obamacare cuts Medicare by $853 billion from 2014–23.
Over the past two decades, numerous proposals have been advanced for the establishment of a premium support system for Medicare. Under such a program, beneficiaries would purchase health insurance from one of a number of competing plans, and the federal government would pay part of the cost of the coverage. The various proposals have differed in many respects, including the way in which the federal contribution would be set and how that contribution might change over time.
This CBO report presents a preliminary analysis of the ways two illustrative options for a premium support system would affect federal spending and beneficiaries’ choices and payments. The agency has developed significant new tools to analyze such a system in greater depth than in the past; the specifications of the options examined here also differ from those CBO analyzed previously.
(Baton Rouge) - The Bill Cassidy For Senate Campaign announced today the endorsement of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
"The United States is faced with challenges both foreign and domestic. It's ever critical to have leaders in Washington who will listen to the people, make decisions, and put us back on the right footing with the world. Today, I'm proud to support Bill Cassidy in his race for the United States Senate. Bill has the experience to work with his colleagues to find solutions to these complex problems and foster reform. I hope the people of Louisiana will join me in supporting Bill Cassidy on December 6." - Condoleezza Rice
"I am deeply honored to have the endorsement of Secretary Rice. At a time when our country is facing serious challenges overseas and at home, Secretary Rice has always been a strong voice for our country's national defense and I look forward to working with her on these serious issues as Lousiana's next U.S. Senator." - Rep. Bill Cassidy
(Baton Rouge) - U.S. Rep. and Louisiana Senate Candidate Bill Cassidy, M.D. today announced that when elected, he will be appointed to serve on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Landrieu previously chaired this committee but failed to deliver a vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline and only used her "clout" to rubber-stamp radical Obama nominees through the committee. She also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-energy Democrats who stand in opposition to Louisiana's future success.
Senator Mitch McConnell said, "I'm excited to announce that when elected, Dr. Cassidy will be a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. I’m confident Dr. Cassidy will use this position to succeed where Senator Landrieu failed. One of our top priorities will be actually passing the Keystone XL pipeline. And Dr. Cassidy will help lead the charge to rein in EPA regulations that are raising utility rates and costing jobs. And he'll fight for Louisiana families against President Obama's assault on energy jobs. Louisiana will have a Senator that will use his clout to support energy jobs, not President Obama."
Dr. Cassidy added, "Senator Landrieu made much of her seat on the Energy Committee, but failed to use that seat to stand up to President Obama's assault on our energy economy. I'm excited to serve on the Energy Committee and will use that seat to stand up to President Obama, to deliver a floor vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline and to protect Louisiana's energy industry. Senator Landrieu may have talked the talk on energy but she never walked the walk. Louisiana will now have representation on this esteemed committee that's with them, not Barack Obama."
Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police endorses Dr. Bill Cassidy for US Senate