by Patrick Appel
Frum wonders why Republicans are up in arms about medicare reform:
The question for conservatives: If President Obama is willing to volunteer to put his hand into this beehive… why not let him? Don’t we also want a less expensive Medicare program? Indeed, without Medicare savings, the national tax burden must inevitably rise by at least four or five points of GDP as the baby boomers retire. History is full of ironies, and it may be that the success of the Medicare portion of Obama’s health plan is the essential precondition for the next Republican tax cut.
Here is the Post's bullet point description of how the House bill would change medicare. Lots of the savings come from cutting medicare advantage, which costs more than orginal recipe medicare and is considered a boondoggle by many on the left. The anti-reform ad above comes from the 60 Plus Association, a group that TPM calls "right wing." It's surreal to watch Republicans attack Obama from the left trying to demagogue him for making sensible cuts to a program they have long sought to reform.
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