HHS Director Sebelius: Yes, We’re Counting Medicare Savings Twice
In her first appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee since the health-care law passed, Kathleen Sebelius responded to a line of questioning by Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois about whether $500 billion in Medicare cuts were used to sustain the program or pay for the law.
“There is an issue here on the budget because your own actuary has said you can’t double-count,” said Shimkus. “You can’t count — they’re attacking Medicare on the CR when their bill, your law, cut $500 billion from Medicare.”
He continued: “Then you’re also using the same $500 billion to what? Say your funding health care. Your own actuary says you can’t do both. […] What’s the $500 billion in cuts for? Preserving Medicare or funding the health-care law?
Sebelius’ reply? “Both.”
I guess in the leftist mindset, you can use the same dollar both for saving and spending, but in the real world, it’s one or the other.
Remember, Nancy Pelosi said we have to pass the healthcare bill to find out what’s in it… and the more we find, the worse it looks.