To the editor:
On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise published letters to the editor written by Angelo Guarino of Watertown (1), Laura Stevens of Adams Center (2), and Chris Brown of Gloversville (3), regarding the financing of the Affordable Care Act. The facts presented, while true, do not explain the full story.
Two of the three letters cited a study published by the American Action Network, a nonprofit related to the Super PAC American Crossroads, which is run by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and former President George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove (4). Simply by looking at who published this study, it should be clear to any reader that the study is likely biased and one-sided.
Now, let's get the facts straight. President Obama and Congress did, in fact, cut $716 billion from Medicare funding over the next 10 years, but according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act will save the government $716 billion through better health care and efficiency (5) (6) (7). With a savings of $716 billion and a cut in funding of $716 billion, the benefits to seniors will be cut by exactly ZERO dollars (8). Not only that, but the vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party, Paul Ryan, puts so much faith in the report from the Congressional Budget Office, he takes into account these savings in his own proposed budget (9).
Lastly, I find it shocking that the Adirondack Daily Enterprise would publish such disingenuous and delusive letters. Although it is not the responsibility of this paper to fact-check every letter it receives, after reading these letters I felt the responsibility to make the facts known.