The letter writer, "Obama, not Ryan ready to toss grandma," (Aug. 26), who claims that the Affordable Care Act will take $716 billion out of Medicare, has got her facts skewed.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, "CBO estimates that repealing (ACA) would increase net federal spending by $711 billion over the 2013-2022 period. Spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over that 2013-2022 period."
Repealing the ACA would increase the deficit and put a further strain on Medicare spending. That $716 billion amount would be saved by the ACA by holding the line on reimbursements to medical providers and thereby saving the Medicare fund and recipients money.
When letter writers present fact, and not opinion, it is incumbent upon The Day to fact check and make an editorial note if the letter writer has the facts wrong. Too many people believe that if you say a lie often enough it magically becomes the truth.
The media should be a vehicle to spread truth and not lies or misconceptions. There is a difference between fact and opinion.
And it's my opinion that repealing the ACA is just one more manifestation of the Republicans' profligate and irresponsible fiscal policies - policies that brought us this recession, high unemployment and huge deficit.