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Response to Ziggystrange (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 04:11 PM

6. The math adds up.

I'm not sure how you read that as a tax increase on Medicare and Medicaid. The $200 billion referred to in that paragraph is outlays, not revenue, having to do with payment rates to doctors. It's unrelated to healthcare reform except that it's about Medicare payments, and therefore slightly affected by the payment rate changes in the HCR bill.

As far as "trillions," the Bush tax cuts involved a lot more than just the top income tax bracket. It was disproportionally tilted that direction in terms of benefits, but due to the population numbers the small benefits to most of the public still amounted to many hundreds of billions of dollars. Also remember that those Bush tax cut numbers are usually calculated over 10 years, not 6.

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