Basically, Obama and his surrogates are hinting that Medicare checks might not go out if ObamaCare is overturned.
By reiterating the preposterous claim that Medicare payments might be delayed if Obamacare is struck down, Berwick is participating in a predictable election year strategy that goes beyond meddling with the Court. The threat is also meant to frighten seniors.
Like the perennial Democrat claim that the GOP is secretly planning to destroy Social Security, this strategy seeks to exploit the insecurities of the elderly. Obama and his creatures want the nation's seniors to be so afraid of losing their retirement benefits and medical coverage that they will go to the polls and vote Democrat notwithstanding the President's pathetic record and the failure of his party's congressional leaders to produce a single piece of useful legislation since they returned to power in 2007.But as Catron notes, "Ironically, it is the prospect that the Court might preserve Obamacare that should frighten seniors."
New cost-cutting bureaucracies established under ObamaCare such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) would establish de facto rationing. Seniors should be more alarmed at ObamaCare being upheld, rather than it being struck down.
Let's hope Americans see through this latest ploy from the Obama administration.
(Read the full text of "White House Again Threatens SCOTUS on Obamacare".)