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Medicare-Medicaid Are NOT Breaking the Budget!

Aug 3, 2009

President Obama said in his July 22 speech on health care that “the biggest driving force behind our federal deficit is the skyrocketing cost of Medicare and Medicaid.”

Apparently the president doesn’t read his own budget, which shows that military spending is a higherpercentage of the government’s spending than Medicare and Medicaid. Of course, some of it is hidden.

The totals given for so-called defense and for veterans affairs don’t include numerous military contracts hidden in other parts of the budget, such as energy. Not to mention billions in interest on loans for past wars and the expense of the current wars.

Lying may come naturally to White House occupants. But this lie has a point: to prepare us for yet more cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.