Pelosi touted fantasy savings from cutting Medicare waste, fraud and abuse totaling some $500 billion over the first 10 years of the Demcare plan. But House Democrats are relying on reaping massive dividends from Medicare reimbursement cuts that no one in Congress has had the courage to make. They also set aside the projected $200 billion so-called "doctor fix" to Medicare to make their math fit.
The first four years of Demcare clock in at $17 billion, which means the last six would cost a whopping $923 billion. As the CBO noted, it "does not generally provide cost estimates beyond the 10-year budget projection period" -- with second-decade projections subject to "an even greater degree of uncertainty" than its projections for the first 10 years.
Yet, over the past week, Democratic leaders blithely jiggered and re-jiggered their plan to get below a trillion-dollar spending threshold. Like the children's building-block game of Jenga, they stacked tax hikes and subsidies onto Medicare cuts and illusory savings until a rickety tower of budget deception was formed. Then they gingerly slid out the priciest pieces, rearranged them all and pushed back the spending kick-ins until the resulting edifice stood steady long enough to stay beneath 12 zeroes for a passing moment.
There's an old saying that "figures don't lie, but liars sure do figure." Every major Demcare statistic -- from the inflated number of uninsured to the politicized junk-science statistic on the number of Americans who purportedly die from lack of health insurance to the mythical savings that will come from squandering "$940 billion" -- is a single-payer-promoting figment of liberal imagination.
Mathematical corruption is ideological corruption. The health care battle -- and the battle over truth in government accounting -- is not just about health care. It's about the lies that will be used to ram through cap-and-trade, illegal alien amnesty and endless bailouts.
As Pelosi vowed last week, "Kick open that door, and there will be other legislation to follow. We'll take the country in a new direction." Yep -- straight to a red-ink-stained hell in a handbasket.