In an amusing example of sophistry, Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal does his best to convince Republicans that the Medicare issue actually swings their way this election cycle.
Of course, the one word retort to his thesis is this: voucher.
And not even Karl Rove, it seems, can get the counter-messaging right. Notice how, in the below sentence, he (inadvertently?) pits seniors against the young:
Rather than steal from the health-care program for seniors to finance expanding health care for younger Americans, Mr. Romney would repeal ObamaCare and return that $716 billion to Medicare to shore up its ragged finances.
Did he really mean to say that? Hasn’t he, in the above sentence, just conceded that Obamacare expands health coverage to a greater number of Americans than heretofore, and that Romney means to bring that number down again?
And the trade-off for the Romney-Ryan voucher plan is that the savings go to the rich in the form of a tax cut. If this isn’t the trade-off, then to have both a 700 billion dollar infusion into Medicare and a tax cut means that the deficit must necessarily balloon an additional 700 billion dollars. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
Not even Karl Rove can spin this one well.