We call him the Geezer for a reason. Actually, several. But he seems to have forgotten that YOU DO NOT SCREW WITH OLD PEOPLES’ HEALTH BENEFITS. Old people forget things, however, so it’s not a complete surprise.
The liberal fascists (sorry, Jonah) at the, uh, Wall Street Journal have run this story (quoted post-jump), demonstrating that News Corp. is totally in the tank for Black Eagle through their pointing out that Medicare and Medicaid would be cut by $1.3 trillion over ten years.
And thus the door opens to a legit Mediscare ad campaign in Florida. It means that both Michigan and, now, Florida may — even four weeks out — be considered lost causes at the Geezerplex. If you had that in the pool back in June, you freaking win. (Meanwhile, we can now say that the explosion of the heads of PUMAs can be timed, with precision.)
If that is factored in, and presuming Obama wins in all blue states besides Pennsylvania and New Hampshire and takes down ethanol-loving Iowa (that is, HI, WA, OR, CA, NM, MN, WI, IA, IL, MI, FL, DC, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT and ME, all blue) that makes Obama 266 electoral votes. Which means that, to win, John McCain has to run the freaking table — meaning that all the swing states go against the current tide. Even if you pull Minnesota and Wisconsin (ya!) off the table (which is possible), all Barry has to do to win is take Pennsylvania (doable) and one more state to freeze Geezer out.
Only one thing to say: if John McCain wins this thing, it will be nothing short of miraculous. Of course, the GOP has been known to buy/steal miracles before. But still — four weeks out, it looks really good for Black Eagle.
John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.
The Republican presidential nominee has said little about the proposed cuts, but they are needed to keep his health-care plan “budget neutral,” as he has promised. The McCain campaign hasn’t given a specific figure for the cuts, but didn’t dispute the analysts’ estimate.
In the months since Sen. McCain introduced his health plan, statements made by his campaign have implied that the new tax credits he is proposing to help Americans buy health insurance would be paid for with other tax increases.
But Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Sen. McCain’s senior policy adviser, said Sunday that the campaign has always planned to fund the tax credits, in part, with savings from Medicare and Medicaid. Those government health-care programs serve seniors, poor families and the disabled. Medicare spending for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 is estimated at $457.5 billion.