BOP News reports that Rick Santorum said "fixing Medicare will cause much more pain." It was after the show that Darth Santorum realized he just ruined his credibility with the party by seeing the light ever so briefly. Darth Santorum did what? Emperor Karl Rove is furious that Darth Santorum has released the evil plan for the empire. The plan: Screw Medicare.
YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN:
DOBBS: If we're going to take on issues, why not take on the larger and -- or at least both -- and get honest about both programs?
SANTORUM: Yes. You know, Lou, that's a great question. And, you know, we really should look at both of those programs. Let me tell you why I believe we're starting with Social Security. Because it's the one that you can actually fix and do so without a great deal of pain.
You can do it in a way, using personal retirement accounts, to help finance the long-term problems in Social Security. The problem with Medicare, candidly, is it's just a much harder fix. I mean, you're looking at, I would argue, real pain.
And there's also one difference. We really don't know the effect of medical technology and a whole lot of other things that impact Medicare, where really Social Security is pretty much -- you know, is a pretty flat curve, if you will, as to how much change is going to be in the system. Medicare, we just don't know the dynamics of the healthcare market and what it's going to mean on cost in the future.