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.