Republicans cry that President Obama is raiding Medicare to fund a socialist health-care nightmare. Democrats blast the GOP for sticking grandma with vouchers to wreck a program they’ve secretly loathed for decades. Far be it from me to put the kibosh on all this drama, but when it comes to the policy stakes, such breathless charges are beside the point.
The real Medicare villain is not Barack Obama, and it’s not even “evil” Paul Ryan. The real villain is America’s medical-industrial complex — and once you grasp this, everything changes.