Last updated on: 8/18/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Charles Krauthammer, MD Biography

Title:
Syndicated Columnist for the Washington Post
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“We are now $8 trillion in debt. The Congressional Budget Office projects that another $12 trillion will be added over the next decade. Obamacare, when stripped of its budgetary gimmicks — the unfunded $200 billion-plus doctor fix, the double counting of Medicare cuts, the 10-6 sleight-of-hand (counting 10 years of revenue and only six years of outflows) — is at minimum a $2 trillion new entitlement.

It will vastly increase the debt. But even if it were revenue-neutral, Obamacare pre-empts and appropriates for itself the best and easiest means of reducing the existing deficit. Obamacare’s $500 billion of cuts in Medicare and $600 billion in tax hikes are no longer available for deficit reduction. They are siphoned off for the new entitlement of insuring the uninsured.

This is fiscally disastrous because, as President Barack Obama himself explained last year in unveiling his grand transformational policies, our unsustainable fiscal path requires control of entitlement spending, the most ruinous of which is out-of-control health care costs.

Obamacare was sold on the premise that, as Nancy Pelosi put it, “health care reform is entitlement reform. Our budget cannot take this upward spiral of cost.” But the bill enacted on Tuesday accelerates the spiral: It radically expands Medicaid (adding 15 million new recipients/dependents) and shamelessly raids Medicare by spending on a new entitlement the $500 billion in cuts and the yield from the Medicare tax hikes.”

“Health Care Reform Paves Way for Value-Added Tax,” Deseret News, Mar. 28, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post
  • The Washingtonian magazine named him among the top 50 most influential journalists in the national press corps, 1997
  • Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, 1987
  • National Magazine Award for Essays, 1984
  • Staff Member, The New Republic, 1981-1988
  • Speech Writer to Walter Mondale in 1980 presidential campaign
  • Science Adviser in the Carter Administration, 1978
  • Resident and Chief Resident in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 1975-1978
Education:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, 1975
  • MA, Commonwealth Scholar in Politics, Oxford University, 1971
  • BS, Political Science and Economics, McGill University, 1970
Other:
  • None found
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