Sununu Shut Down on Medicare Lie by Soledad O'Brien
When not poking fun at the VP Joe Biden or talking over callers to whatever conservative Talk Radio show hosts provides him wide berth, he is spreading, creating, tossing-his-hat-in-the-air to see where it falls total non-truths about Medicare as managed by the Obama administration.
Until he attempted to do this run his favorite talking point--President Obama "stole $700 billion" from Medicare"-- by CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien.
Right-wing media have repeatedly claimed that the Medicare savings included in Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) "gutted" the Medicare program. However, on CNN's Starting Point, when Romney senior adviser John Sununu claimed that Obama "gutted Medicare by taking $717 billion out of it," O'Brien was quick to correct him.
O'Brien pointed out that Sununu's talking point has been debunked by the Congressional Budget Office, which found that the Medicare savings in the ACA are not cuts, but rather a reduction in the expected rate of growth of the program.
O'Brien also noted that independent fact-checkers have found that the Affordable Care Act does not cut Medicare benefits. These fact-checkers also determined that the claim that hundreds of billions of dollars have been cut from Medicare is outright false.
When Sununu continued to claim that Obama had gutted Medicare, O'Brien confronted him with even more facts, citing evidence that drug providers and hospitals agreed to the Medicare savings because their "theory is that what they're going to be able to do is make up by the number of people who come into the system. It doesn't reduce or cut the benefits.
The Right is running scared and the game plan appears to be spread the fear among those persons most likely to vote--baby boomers on the verge of retirement and those who are currently retired.
Do your homework. Spread the truth.