November 13, 2009 12:31 PM

Commentary: Seniors should question ads warning of Medicare 'cuts'

The word "cut" is one of the most slippery and often-abused words in American political discourse. When there's talk about government budgets, "cut" is used to mean "any change that stops the rate of growth in whatever program we're talking about." So when the right-wing advocacy group The 60-Plus Association attacks the pending health reform by saying it will "cut" Medicare, it's not a blatant lie. Their attack ad, airing in Alaska and other states, is just a slippery propaganda tactic to scare seniors and get them to oppose health care reform.

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