Two weeks late a bunch of Romney/Ryan surrogates have begun to respond to the daily parade of lies by Obama about Medicare Reform... Unfortunately the surrogates involved are responding in no-name media outlets while Obama dominates the broadcast and cable TV news, the mainstream media, all the left-wing Politifact franchisees, the wire services, and all the other sources most normal people use to get information. And the Obama adminstration itself feeds the frenzy with Health and Human Services press releases that must violate the Hatch Act.
In addition Obama is completely coordinated with his academics while the Republican professors aren't even coordinated with each other, never mind Romney or Ryan. If you don't read PowerLine Blog or National Review (and almost no one does) you are never going to know how deceitful Obama is when the liar in chief:
- Calls premium-support-based Medicare Reform a voucher plan.
- Talks about the Ryan plan costing seniors $6500 a year.
- Never mentions the Wyden-Ryan proposal or Alice Rivlin
- Lies about how Obamacare sucks billions from Medicare to give free insurance to non-seniors
- Claims Obamacare offers valuable "free" preventive services to seniors (services such as PSA tests his own adminstration has ruled to be useless)
- Says Medicare Part C enriches greedy blooksucking private insurers.
- Never tells seniors he intends to gut private Medigap plans next.
- Totally hides the fact that 95% of Medicare beneficiaries depend on something other than Traditional Medicare.
Of course Obama lied about the insurance situation surrounding his late mother's death in order to get elected in 2008 so such deceit is to be expected.
The trouble is that Republicans like Levin, Roy, Ryan himself, and a few other academics even healthcare policy wonks have never heard of are playing by the Marquis de Queensbury rules. And the Democrats like Aaron, Cutler, Klein, Krugman, Lieberman, Orzag and so forth are using knives.
I think Romney was one of the worst governors Massachusetts ever had (as is documented over the last 18 months on this blog and not just for the travesty of his healthcare insurance reform--see my posts elsewhere on the Internet concering the IT scandal). But as a Medicare beneficiary and a SHIP volunteer I would like to see the terrible Medicare system fixed. This is not going to happen because of the way the Republicans have blown the PR battle over Medicare Reform.
-- Dennis Byron