Well the big stink is the cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, although these are slightly nuanced. The Republicans are not suggesting that current spending levels be cut, but rather that future spending increases be curtailed. The hope is that self-correction will rule the day on both programs and that they will begin to operate more efficiently. Although I'm all about self-correction, you'll have to forgive me if I'm not totally sold on that one yet.
My guess is that it's not going to do anything to actually lower healthcare costs. The problem, again, is not going to go away by either cutting or increasing funding. Healthcare is going to suck as long as medicine continues to be practiced inefficiently. The same can be said for government: it will continue to be a bunch of wasted money unless government agencies, state, local, and federal, figure out a way to be more cost effective.
|"Hey, pal. Fuck you and your bullshit."|
My biggest question about this budget is why do we need to make such huge cuts on entitlements, but not as many cuts on discretionary spending? How many fucking barrels of pork are left unscathed by this budget proposal? Thought we'd have some extra money whenver we get out of Afghanistan? Think again, because now we're all invested in Libya.
|Paul Ryan: Seriously, who wouldn't |
trust a face like that???