In the back-and-forth over who cut Medicare more, why and when, there's this little gem from the 2008 presidential campaign when President Obama criticized Republican John McCain for proposing $800 billion in Medicare cuts.
"How would your golden years turn out under John McCain? His health care plan would cut Medicare by $800 billion," the ad says. "That means a 22 percent cut in benefits, higher premiums and co-pays. After a lifetime of work, senior's health care shouldn't be a gamble. John McCain's plan, it's not the change we need."
But then Obama pushed for a health plan that cut Medicare by $700 billion. That was change we could believe in, apparently. Obama defenders say the $700 billion in reductions to hospital reimbursement rates and the like weren't cuts because Medicare still guarantees the same benefits and these were reductions to future increases. Well, if healthcare keeps going up in cost and providers get less money for reimbursements, then arguably it can lead to a cut in services.
The Huffington Post, which unearthed this little gem, notes that "FactCheck.org rated the Obama ad as 'false,' noting that the McCain campaign wasn't talking about slashing benefits but limiting waste and slowing the rate of growth -- the same language Obama has used to defend the Medicare changes he has pursued while in office."
Goose, meet gander.