Forget the boorishness. Just read the final transcript of Biden-Ryan transcript.
Yes, take Barack Obama’s advice and read the transcript of the Vice Presidential debate last week, as I did. In the black and white pages, without Biden and Raddatz trying to shout Ryan down, Ryan’s well-informed points and arguments shine through even better, while Biden’s disgraceful serial dishonesty is more clearly exposed, without the surrounding brown shirt bluff and bluster.
Biden seemed to be following a strategy of “catch me if you can,” unconstrained by truth and reality. The strategy is say whatever you have to so that you seem to win the point of contention at the moment, regardless of how divorced from reality those statements may be. Then let your opponents go nuts trying to communicate your errors to the public, through the fog of the Democrat Party controlled, so-called mainstream media, knowing they will never be on any nearly such big stage again. That can only be considered dishonorably dishonest and disrespectful abuse of the average voter and viewer.
The point was probably best illustrated in the debate over Medicare. Ryan discussed Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, saying:
And they put this new Obamacare board in charge of cutting Medicare each and every year in ways that will lead to denied care for current seniors. The board, by the way, it’s 15 people, the President’s supposed to appoint them next year. And not one of them even has to have medical training.
Biden said in response:
You know, I heard that death panel argument from Sarah Palin. It seems every Vice Presidential debate I hear this kind of stuff about death panels.
Ryan never used the term death panels or referred to Sarah Palin. Biden here was trying to appeal to the prejudice of his party’s base, rather than responding to Ryan’s point with logic. To the average viewer, it would seem that Biden is actually denying what Ryan said was true. But Ryan was 100% accurate. As established in the Obamacare law, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, composed of 15 appointed, unelected, unaccountable Washington bureaucrats, has the power to impose further Medicare cuts each year, beyond the $716 billion adopted directly in the Obamacare legislation, to the payments to doctors and hospitals providing health care to seniors on Medicare. Moreover, those cuts automatically go into effect without approval from Congress. And if those payments are not sufficient to cover the costs of such health care, then seniors are not going to get the health care. The Chief Actuary of Medicare has said as much, but it just stands to reason.
But let’s talk about Medicare. What we did is, we saved $716 billion and put it back, applied it to Medicare. We cut the cost of Medicare. We stopped overpaying insurance companies, doctors and hospitals. The AMA supported what we did. AARP endorsed what we did. And it extends the life of Medicare to 2024. They want to wipe all of this out.
Obama and Biden are figuring that voters will not remember that when Obama was trying to get Obamacare passed, he barnstormed the country promising voters that it will not increase the deficit, relying on a CBO score to that effect. But that score was based on the $716 billion going into Obamacare. Otherwise, Obamacare would have a deficit of $716 billion. But if the $716 billion is used to finance Obamacare and make it deficit neutral, obviously it can’t also, as Biden claimed, be put back and applied to Medicare, to pay Medicare benefits. Can you use the same $716 to pay your rent, and also to make your car payment and pay the utility bills? That is the logic of Obamanomics, which Biden tried to pawn off to voters in the debate. Both CBO and the Medicare Chief Actuary have called out the Obama Administration for this illogic.
Indeed, Medicare’s Chief Actuary Rick Foster has warned that with that $716 billion in Medicare cuts, by the end of this decade Medicare will be paying less to doctors and hospitals for health care for seniors than Medicaid pays for health care for the poor. But the poor cannot reliably get timely and effective care with what Medicaid pays, and suffer worse health outcomes as a result, including early death. That is the future now for seniors on Medicare, raided to pay for Obamacare. That is not just stopping overpayments to doctors and hospitals under Medicare, as Biden tried to claim
The AMA did not support these cuts. Obama bought their silence with the promise to reverse the cuts after Obamacare was passed, and he has successfully fooled the voters. The AARP has always been a Democrat party political activist front group, and was further bought off with favoritism in the legislation for the products it sells to seniors, worth billions a year.
Ryan accurately explained,
Here’s the problem. They got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, turning Medicare into a piggy bank for Obamacare. Their own actuary from the Administration came to Congress and said one out of six hospitals and nursing homes are going to go out of business as a result of this.
Biden interrupted: “That’s not what they said.” But that is what they said. Forbes columnist Avik Roy in his October 12 column quoted directly from the Congressional Testimony of Medicare Chief Actuary Rick Foster: “roughly 15 percent of Part A providers would become unprofitable within the 10-year projection period.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?