Ed Driscoll

The Mask Slips

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits the bloody obvious to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough:

S: So, Anthony, I figured it out over the break. You actually do want the federal government to take over all of health care.

W: Only in the sense that the federal government took over health care for senior citizens 44 years ago.

S: You want to expand that for all Americans.

W: Correct. I want Medicare for all Americans.

And as Weiner admitted yesterday on CNBC, he thinks Medicare is just swell:

Medicare has actually been a pretty successful program. It has some financial problems, but as far as consumers are concerned, they like it.

Ed Morrissey does that work that CNBC used to (before Roger Ailes, who created the channel, took its original journalists to Fox):

Except for “some financial problems,” people like Medicare? That’s akin to asking, “Other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?” Medicare has $36,000,000,000,000 (that’s trillion with a T) in unfunded liabilities in the next 25 years. That’s not “some financial problems,” as Weiner puts it in today’s worst understatement, and ObamaCare promises to make the problem worse — by expanding the program and its coverage.

Amazingly, CNBC doesn’t call him on this statement. Aren’t they supposed to be reporting on financial matters?

Next, Weiner says that opponents are scaring seniors by claiming that Obama will cut Medicare. I wonder where they got that idea? I guess that would be from Obama himself, who proposed almost $500 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid to pay for ObamaCare, which the House used in its version of the bill.

But the topper of that statement comes from saying that consumers of Medicare love the system. At best, it’s tolerable, made so only by Medicare Advantage, which allows its consumers to buy supplemental insurance for broader coverage, better choice of providers, and a wider range of services. Guess what Obama, Weiner, and the rest of the liberals in Congress want to cut to pay for their “reform”? Medicare Advantage, a program demonized by Obama at every opportunity.

And I say that as the spouse of a Medicare consumer. If Weiner’s been within a hundred miles of a Medicare EOB, I’d eat my hat.

Greg Gutfeld adds, “Thank You, Old People.”