Physician, Heal Thyself
Democrats engage in projection on Medicare cuts.

Congressman John Shimkus (R., Ill.) and Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius


Deroy Murdock

A further 8.8 percent ($63 billion) comes from slashed payments to home health providers.

An additional 5 percent in cuts ($35.8 billion) affects Disproportionate Share Payments. These subsidies assist hospitals that treat large numbers of uninsured patients.

The remaining 21.2 percent ($151.8 billion) consists of cuts to another ten or so Medicare services, the Washington Post reports.

It would have been bad enough if Obama had redistributed the funds from these cuts, but kept them within the Medicare system. Instead, he siphons much of this money from Medicare into Obamacare, a brand-new entitlement, many of whose beneficiaries are not even senior citizens.

Even worse, in what would constitute criminal fraud in the private sector, Obama simultaneously applies the same funds to Medicare and to Obamacare.

“So,” Congressman John Shimkus (R., Ill.) asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a House hearing on March 3, 2011, “are you using it [this money] to save Medicare, or are you using it to fund health-care reform? Which one?”

Secretary Sebelius confessed: “Both.”

“So,” Shimkus replied, “you’re double-counting.”

Liberals are hammering Romney, Ryan, and Republicans for something that they themselves already have done. This mental condition is known among psychologists as “projection.” When it comes to gutting Medicare, Obama and the Left are projecting enough to fill an IMAX screen.

— New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a Fox News contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.