A recent article by Linda Qiu (8/7, PolitiFact online) quotes former Arkansas Governor and 2016 presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee from the recent Aug. 6 GOP debate: “illegals, prostitutes, pimps, (and) drug dealers” have taken from Social Security.
Huckabee has also employed a similar line for the Affordable Care Act, “If Congress wants to mess with the retirement program, why don’t we let them start by changing their retirement program, and not have one, instead of talking about getting rid of Social Security and Medicare that was robbed $700 billion to pay for Obamacare?” According to PoltiFact such an anti-Obamacare narrative is not new to the GOP, actually going back to the 2010 mid-term elections.
PolitiFacts ruling? “Obamacare doesn’t literally ‘rob’ Medicare. But the Affordable Care Act does include provisions that reduce future increases in Medicare spending. In other words, the law slows down the rising costs of Medicare.”
The PolitiFact finding adds, “It’s also important to note that the savings come at the expense of insurers and hospitals, not beneficiaries.”
A resident scholar at AEI (the American Enterprise Institute) Andrew Biggs is quoted in the PolitiFact story as saying, “While ‘robbed’ is a bit loaded, the idea that Medicare beneficiaries are getting less generous benefits in order that the ACA can offer health benefits to younger people isn’t outrageous.”