Congressman Who Voted 3 Times for Medicare Cuts – Blames Obama for Cuts to Medicare

1897731_10152227370447489_1241630095_nSince President Obama was elected President of the United States, there have been two consistencies from the Republican party:

  • No matter what President Obama supports, just do the opposite.
  • Blame President Obama for everything, even if it’s something we’ve done.

There’s also a lesser one where Republicans often like to take credit for positive things going on in the country, when those events are actually due to Obama’s policies.

In Florida, Republican Representative Tom Rooney is accusing the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), and by proxy President Obama, of making deep cuts to the Medicare program.

Rooney said:

“Here’s the reality.  To help pay for his health care law, the president made deep cuts to the successful Medicare Advantage plan, which serves almost 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries.”

Actually what “Obamacare” does is reduce spending for Medicare by cutting back on excessive payments the program was paying to some health care providers.  You know, companies that were billing Medicare for services that the patient didn’t really need.  So while it’s cutting spending, it’s not the same kind of cuts that we’re used to dealing with.  It isn’t a direct reduction of funds as much as it is a requirement that Medicare be more efficient with what it’s paying out.

They’re in no way a reduction in benefits, but provider payouts.

So, while some might call these “cuts,” what they really are is requirements that make Medicare more efficient.  In fact, according to Think Progress, the Affordable Care Act extends the solvency of Medicare by a decade by saving the program $716 billion.

It’s easy to see how some Republicans could spin this into an attack on “Obamacare” and President Obama.  Let’s not forget the recent CBO report that said “Obamacare” could reduce the workforce by 2.5 million workers – except that’s not what Republicans said.  Instead, Republicans blatantly lied, claiming that the results of the CBO report said “Obamacare” would cost 2.5 million jobs.  Which is of course a gross distortion of the truth.

Now, this obvious attempt to mislead voters by Representative Rooney is bad enough.  But it gets worse.  You see, Mr. Rooney himself voted for these same “cuts” three different times.  Yet now he wants to act appalled by them.

See, these are the same type of cuts that Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan has proposed in every single one of his budgets in 2011, 2011 and 2013.  Budgets that Mr. Rooney and the vast majority of House Republicans voted for.

It’s absolutely comical, and hypocritical, for someone like Representative Rooney to now come out trying to slam the president for Medicare “cuts” when:

  1. They’re not actually cuts.
  2. It’s essentially the same exact thing he’s voted for three times.

But it’s just more of the same from the Republican party.  Doing anything and everything to blame something on President Obama, even if it’s something they’ve previously supported.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • TaxPaying American Voter

    Remember that those kids in school that talked, laughed and ignored the teachers. These are the same non thinking, know-it-all, me me me types that vote Republican now. They hear something, not based on facts and run with it. It only provides jobs for the same type of politician. Stupid gets stupid. Like flies to a pile of feces.

  • LittleD

    UGH! So sick of Teabagger roadblocks and hypocrisy!

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      I actually ( grudgingly) enjoy it as it propagates further evisceration at the voting booth by well-informed americans.
      and why not have all of this free entertainment? ( free? did we see what the rightwing govt shutdown recently cost America courtesy of the tea party crybabies?)

  • Kevin Daugherty

    They will stop at nothing in an attempt to smear his name. But its futile because the public is starting to see through their lies and Hillary Clinton is your next President. I’ll bet money on it.

  • strayaway

    My favorite sentence: ” Let’s not forget the recent CBO report that said “Obamacare” could reduce the workforce by 2.5 million workers”.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      way to stay on topic !!! my favorite sentence: “tax cuts help create jobs”
      ” we need religion ( OUR jeeeesus religion) in government as the founding fathers wanted”

      • strayaway

        Unlike your odd response, I was making reference to my favorite sentence found in the article.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        odd response? OHYEAH— My “faux pas” !!!!
        ,,,,,it doesn’t jive with youre eschewing a memory of that prior administration ( and policies) and/or todays tea party white trash Christian mantra(s)
        please excuse my oligopohreniality

      • NOT_ROMNEY

        Statists, collectivists and their mouthpieces in the media, the establishment and in this article claim that western men (in particular white men) cannot express a valid opinion on any issue related in any way to a “minority” ( such as feminism, immigration, or healthcare ) because they have “privilege”. The “privilege” talking point is a stunt through which liberals and feminists attempt to shut down free speech. In essence they are asserting the ludicrous notion that a man’s viewpoint has no value because of the color of his skin, his gender or his country of origin. This is an inherently racist position, yet it is routinely used by leftists to shout down their ideological adversaries and silence male voices.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, luckily most of us don’t care; and / or care to buy that thesis.
        enjoy the slow decay of the regressive conservatism religious trash

      • NOT_ROMNEY

        At Least were making progress here … You admit to be a Statists, a collectivists, or just a mouthpiece used by the media, and the establishment … That’s a good start … What you may not be aware of is this little known fact … The establishment is desperately attempting to emasculate and disempower men in order to force women possibly like some on this form to be more dependent on the state, thereby enabling more power to be centralized and aiding the growth of big government …. controlled by some of the very people you despise … men …. You have to admit … This kind of psychological Betrayal is totally destroying the very freedom, security, and normalcy you so desperately crave. The establishment ruling class will leave all who fell for this ruse … abandon and alone

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        that’s a very wild and unprovable ( so far) lunacy.
        men who are emasculated might need to be.

    • Aaron Levesque

      Reducing the workforce isn’t a bad thing, particularly in this economy. That’s 2.5 million fewer people trying to fill the available jobs.

    • CPullum

      Because people would no longer have to stay at a job they hate just to get insurance. Now they have options, they can retire early or go into business for themselves. THAT was what the report referred to, NOT a loss of jobs, people VOLUNTARILY leaving jobs. Which by the way, would open up those positions for other people, so the actual effect would be MORE people that need jobs finding them. But of course the GOP as always, distorts the truth of the report.

      • strayaway

        The CBO, not the Republican Party, claims the (un)ACA will cost the equivalent of 2.5 million workers in the next decade. “Although the CBO projects that total employment and compensation will increase over the coming decade, that increase will be smaller than it would have been.” –paraphrased and copied from ‘The Hill’

        Note that the CBO said nothing about different people doing the same jobs. That doesn’t matter. The CBO instead says there will be fewer total jobs.

  • When we see a problem, the left asks “How should we help?”.
    the right ask “Who should we punish?”

    • Sandy Greer

      Exactly right.

      Nobody can accuse the Left of getting a hate on for those less fortunate than themselves.

      The Right ‘begrudges’. And then wonders why they can’t get a vote.

  • Sandy Greer

    If Obama is for it, they’re against it. Doesn’t matter the issue.

    Honestly, I’d like to see him favor ‘breathing’. So we can watch them hold their collective breaths.

    • mmcangus

      If they hold their breaths, their autonomic systems will take over when they pass out. Obama should come out in favor of drinking non-alcoholic beverages. Then,we can watch them die of dehydration or alcohol poisoning.

      • Tilty

        Michelle Obama supported drinking water, and they all flipped their shit.

  • Matthew Gregory

    Progressivism (communism)is a desease that has failed the test of time and everywhere it has been tried. Men and women who believe in freedom and liberty are getting ready for all contingecies as everywhere cummunism has taken hold millions of free people have been exterminated. Whether gods law or natural law men have free will and will always strive to be free. You progessives can say we are dumb and stupid all you want. We are not the stupid ones. Progessives have infected our education system, our politics etc.
    why tell have 26 million weapons been purchased since this Obama and his blind followers the dems have been in office damaging our country and our way of life. Its because we can read history. And history tells us we are heading for disaster.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      so,,, regression is the answer? I will take the natural order of things ( PROGRESS) any time

  • Matthew Gregory

    I see now how you operate. Progressives delete desenting views. Why delete my post?

    • CPullum

      It’s dissenting..but whatever. Sometimes it’s so hard to take people like you seriously.

  • Matthew Gregory

    Yea I was one of those kids. Idiots.