By Tom Quiner
“People vote their pocket book” goes the mantra.
That’s not quite true. They vote on how they perceive a particular candidate will affect their pocket book.
In this political climate with a swirling smorgasbord of competing truths, half-truths, and lies being vetted by partisan “fact checkers,” reality has been replaced by perception skewed by smoke and mirrors.
As any marketer knows, perception is reality.
Take a friend of mine. She voted for Obama. Why? One reason was the perception that Obama is going to take care of Medicare better than Romney, and with an elderly mother, that is important to her.
I have an elderly mother-in-law who actually lives with me, so it’s not like I don’t care about Medicare either.
Obama, in fact, is gutting Medicare to the tune of $716 Billion according to a letter written by the Congressional Budget Office to House Majority Leader, John Boehner, on July 24th of this year.
My friend’s mom paid into the Medicare trust fund her working life. Obama diverted some her money from its intended purpose, Medicare, funneling it into a massive new entitlement, Obamacare, that was not self-sufficient without these extra funds.
In other words, Obama robbed Peter to pay Paul.
Or to look at it another way, Obama robbed my friend’s 80-something year-old mom to pay her grand kids.
My friend’s mom will not benefit from Obamacare, but she had to pay for it at the same time the program she did pay for was weakened.
Mr. Obama (with the collusion of the Democratic Congress at the time) cut:
√ Medicare advantage
√ Hospital reimbursement fees, making Medicare patients less desirable to them.
√ Medicare’s Disproportionate Share Payments.
√ Home health providers. (My friend’s mom still lives at home. She could be directly affected.)
A critical factor in my friend’s vote was based on false information. If her candidate wins, her mom will be worse off.