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Mitt Romney must still be trying to mitigate the damage RomneyCare has done him in the Republican primary by pretending he really doesn't understand the realities of the nation's health care crisis. Because it's pretty hard to imagine that, in crafting the Massachusetts plan, he didn't know what he was doing and why. At any rate, in his effort to be perceived as uber-conservative, Romney is displaying both ignorance and cruelty surpassing most Republicans. At Think Progress, Igor Volsky documents his turn on Medicaid, using this appearance on Sean Hannity's radio show.

ROMNEY: It's mathematically pretty straight forward how you hold down costs, which is you say, we're going to cut it by a certain amount and then comes the hard work of saying where you're going to cut it. And that why I've laid out a plan that balances our budget…taking Medicaid and giving it back to the states and growing it only 1 to 2 percent a year.

For the record, that is not "holding down costs." It's the government paying less by cutting people out of the Medicaid system because it is not keeping up with the increase of health care costs. That's on top of turning Medicaid into a block grant, the House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan/Republican budget plan that Romney has adopted, an approach that will likely not reflect actual costs to states for Medicaid. So Romney makes the Ryan plan even more parsimonious. Volsky:

Comparatively, Romney’s reductions would result in even steeper cuts that would affect tens of millions of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries—seniors in nursing homes, people with disabilities, children—for whom the program has become a critical source of coverage. A very rough back-of-the envelope calculation using the CBO's projected federal Medicaid expenditures for 2012 as a baseline (and then growing that number by 1.5 percent annually through 2021) demonstrates the sheer magnitude of Rommey's cuts as compared to current law and Ryan's plan. The results show that Romney could reduce the size of the program by more than 40 percent over that period

Again, that's doing absolutely nothing to hold down costs of health care, something none of the Republican plans have attempted. It's punishing people for being sick or old (or sick and old) by cutting them out of the system.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 10:08 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 10:08:07 AM PDT

  •  Mitt Romney continues (2+ / 0-)
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    to do all he can to make sure, if  he actually does make out of the primary, he will be defeated by Obama in the general. First with the foreclosure comment and now with this terrible idea.

  •  I wonder who he is trying to win over (1+ / 0-)
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    with this policy. Certainly not the elderly. Not the middle-agers who will be taking care do their parents and/or have services to their children cut.

    I can't believe that he can win the primary with this policy. There were a ton of Teajahdist holding signs about keeping government out of their Medicaid and Social Security. I can't imagine how he wins their support with this.

    Even if he somehow manages to be the only man standing after the primaries, how could he possibly win the general?!?!?

    "Rick Perry put the 'goober' in gubernatorial" -- Jim Hightower

    by theKgirls on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 11:17:05 AM PDT

    •  Look at Nov 2010. The Voters Who Turn Out And (0+ / 0-)

      are permitted to cast ballots are not the same as the American people.

      The right understood in 2008 that all it had to do was go crazy for its extreme base and it could win the entire election. They turned off the moderates and they turned off the liberals, but the Democrats turned off the liberals too and epically lost the middle.

      It worked so well it was the biggest mid-term election rout since the late 1800's.

      The fact that they're doing this now shows they feel that the voters who will be tallied will be a majority conservative turnout, and they no longer need to seem moderate or sane.

      Plus they've got an 18 month nomination debate series running, while the Democrats have no nomination race which is what passes for playing smart on our side, and that means that all the news and commentary in the media will be discussing exclusively Republican proposals till after the Democratic Convention.

      This is how you win elections. If rabies is a winning tactic, the first one to recognize it and capitalize on it wins.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:12:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Tea partiers holding signs about Medicaid? (1+ / 0-)
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      Haven't seen that.

      "Government doesn't create jobs... we all know that! But when I was governor my state created more of them than his."

      by Carnet on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:16:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Will The Wash. Post Keep Fluffing The Ryan Plan? (0+ / 0-)

    The Fact Checker continues to insist that Ryan is not getting rid of Medicare, because, you know he promises to keep the name "Medicare."

    By that reasoning, I guess Frank Sinatra is still alive.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:07:14 PM PDT

  •  Romney wants to (3+ / 0-)
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    "Mitigate" the damage...

    There's a Mitt joke in there somewhere...

    lib·er·al (lbr-l, lbrl) adj. 1. a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.

    by Patriot4peace on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:07:59 PM PDT

  •  Humans are a Cost to Business and to Gov't Run As (1+ / 0-)
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    a business by business people.

    There's a reason the personnel departments got renamed to be human RESOURCES. They're expensive commodities and so society endeavors to get them for the lowest cost like any other resource.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:08:29 PM PDT

  •  He's digging the hole deeper and deeper... (3+ / 0-)
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    with his flip-flopping.

    I think he's simply destroying his own candidacy.

    He can't possibly win the general election while taking these lunatic policy positions. Meanwhile the lunatic GOP base must be convinced by now that he's a liar who'll take any position in order to try and con people into voting for him.  

  •  It's as if he says anything that comes to mind, (2+ / 0-)
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    and sees what will stick.  I think he's desperate to show his right wing bona fides, and he's just bad at it.  He isn't naturally an ideologue, just a nice-looking opportunist.  Underneath his talk, he appears to have no principles at all. If he gets the nomination, we can look forward to his taking new positions on any and every issue each week.  It's already making me dizzy.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:10:59 PM PDT

  •  empathy is just not good for the bottom line (2+ / 0-)
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    what else would you expect from Robo floes anyone

  •  Multiple Choice Mittens (3+ / 0-)
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    will denounce his plan, and have a whole new one.

    By tomorrow after lunch, latest.

  •  This backasswards thinking is (3+ / 0-)
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    just another sign of what's wrong --

    ". . .we're going to cut it by a certain amount and then comes the hard work of saying where you're going to cut it."

    Pick an arbitrary number and then force the situation to match that number. Riiiight . .. that'll work.

    And I don't think it's just crazy Rs who talk this way. Too often, cuts of umpty-ump percent seem to be based on nothing more than what someone pulled out of his ass.


  •  i just this minute... (3+ / 0-)
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    posted this story over at the raisin...

    larger version and bonus pix

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:28:20 PM PDT

  •  It's a losing issue for Mitt in my town. (2+ / 0-)
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    We have a lot old people in nursing homes on Medicaid. We're a regional center for group homes and facilities for the disabled, funded with Medicaid. And we have a regional hospital that serves a lot of people on Medicaid and Medicare.

    Grassley held a town hall a couple of months ago and took a lot of heat for voting for the Ryan budget that makes Medicaid into a block grant and turns Medicare into inadequate vouchers.

  •  So, how DO you hold down the costs on Medicaid? (0+ / 0-)

    "Government doesn't create jobs... we all know that! But when I was governor my state created more of them than his."

    by Carnet on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:13:24 PM PDT

  •  Big mistaken assumption (0+ / 0-)

    Romney didn't craft the details of the health care reform in Mass. Actually Romney wanted to jettison regulations on minimum requirements for coverage to get low premium, high deductible plans. The legislature designed a far superior plan than what he wanted. Because of the strong support and lobbying by Senator Kennedy he signed most of it into law though the legislature had to override a few vetoes.

    He doesn't care about anyone or anything except for getting elected to the next thing.

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