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Wait a minute. 23 million people who they thought would buy insurance 10 years from now, they now think won’t buy it.

That’s not really the same thing as 23 million people will lose insurance.

Losing insurance means you had it, then you didn’t have it.

Everything with Congress is relative to budget — but they use words that make it sound like it’s relative to now.

“Cut” for example does not mean cut. It means anything less than an increase at the rate previously projected, no matter how unsustainable that promise had been. Medicaid spending will go up in real per capita terms — it always has — but if Trump’s proposal is passed, it will go up more slowly in real per capita terms than Obama had promised. That’s not a cut. When the media say “cut” they deliberately trick people into thinking that less money will be spent this year than last year.

That’s actually happening with discretionary spending — but after decades of increase. Even there the hyperbole is overdone — these are matters of central control over otherwise free private activity — you’ve had it your way for so many years that you believe that your way is objective truth, and when due to elections having consequences the pendulum swings slightly in the other direction, you decry a “reversal of progress.” But what we had was not any objective progress — simply you getting to do things your way for eight years, after someone else being more focused on a phony war overseas to do anything to undo what you’d done in the 1990s. New Prez, new approach, new guys, etc… That’s just how it goes. Robert, Bill and Tom got to design the rings, too.

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