In Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's babblings on the Senate floor about Obamacare, he cited a statement by a Cleveland Clinic spokesperson concerning a $350 million budget cut. Cruz's clear implication was that it was due to the health care law.
When I listened to Dr. Toby Cosgrove, the clinic's CEO, on C-SPAN, he indicated it had nothing to do with the law, but rather was part of an ongoing process to make health care more affordable.
When asked whether he supported the Affordable Care Act, Cosgrove said he fully supported the objectives of the law, thought it had many very good provisions, but said it could use some minor revisions.
He said the budget cuts due to sequestration did affect the clinic's research efforts and indicated that its efforts and commitment to provide outstanding health care would not be compromised or reduced by the federal budget reductions or the health care law.
Cruz's statement was misleading, intellectually dishonest and definitely intended to engender widespread public support for his personal dislike of the law by implying a world-class medical institution was significantly affected by it and agreed with his position.
Obviously, this isn't the first dishonest statement made by the opponents of the law. But it does indicate the lengths to which they will go to try to inflame the public in an attempt to garner more support, while offering absolutely no alternative to it.
Michael F. Vezeau
Sun City Hilton Head