The death panel threats failed to work. The Soviet health care analogies failed to work. The debt explosion forecasts failed to work. Now, in the face of a Congressional Budget Office analysis showing that health care reform can lower the deficit by $81 billion over ten years, Congressional Republicans and their Greek chorus are hitting a new low in fear mongering: scaring seniors into believing Democrats will achieve these savings largely by cutting Medicare benefits.
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Never mind that House Republicans just this year tried to privatizeMedicare. Never mind that it was Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich, a leading proponent of the death panel fallacy, who shut down the federal government in 1995 because President Clinton would not go along with drastic Medicare cuts. Like a Hollywood starlet who reinvents herself for the right role, Washington Republicans have discovered their inner senior champion. Forget the drastic cuts they championed just a few months ago. After forty years of opposing Medicare, Republicans today are suddenly concerned about making sure no one tampers with it.