August 14, 2012
Flashback: Obama Defends Cuts to Medicare to pay for ObamaCare
For the isolate quote, skip ahead to 2:15 in the video.
Credit to Jake Tapper.
TAPPER: One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it -- one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Right.
TAPPER: A lot of times, as you know, what happens in Congress is somebody will do something bold and then Congress, close to election season, will undo it.
TAPPER: You saw that with the 'doc fix.'
TAPPER: Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance, one third of it, that you will veto anything that tries to undo that?
OBAMA: Yes. I actually have said that it is important for us to make sure this thing is deficit neutral, without tricks. I said I wouldn't sign a bill that didn't meet that criteria.
Obama cut Medicare and pledged to veto anything undoing those cuts, but now we are to fear any cuts to Medicare, which aren't even reality? Ah yes, dirty politics of election season. "Hope" nobody pays attention and "Change" every position as we go...