Here's Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) arguing that it's bad for the government to try to reduce the amount of money it spends bolstering the living standards of senior citizens:
"These Medicare Advantage cuts are misguided, threaten a successful program for seniors, and must be overturned” http://t.co/tEh3zu8fLd-- Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) February 24, 2014
And here's Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) arguing that it's bad for the Obama administration to refuse to reduce the amount of money it spends bolstering the living standards of senior citizens:
It’s sad to know that Pres Obama has taken chained CPI off the table. We need to get serious about entitlement reform http://t.co/Gbcvl4JRDq-- Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) February 25, 2014
Do note here, however, that while there is hypocrisy about entitlements in the air, it's not a question of pure hypocrisy. The CPI issue and the Medicare Advantage issue differ from each other in that while some of the benefits of excessively generous Medicare Advantage payments make their way to senior citizens, a fair amount of the value is captured by insurance companies and doctors and hospital executives. Hatch's proposal on chained CPI is to simply reduce cash Social Security payments, directly taking money out of the pockets of the elderly.
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