Mitt Romney made few researchable claims in his 18-minute speech tonight at The Eastern Iowa Airport, but here are the ones we were able to check:
“Because of the cuts that Obamacare put in place on Medicare, $716 billion, 50 percent of America’s doctors are saying they won’t accept new Medicare patients.”
A national survey by the CDC published in August found 31 percent of physicians unwilling to accept any new Medicaid patients; 17 percent would not accept new Medicare patients; and 18 percent of physicians would not accept new privately insured patients.
(Medicaid provides health coverage for the indigent. Medicare provides coverage for all elderly Americans).
The oft-repeated “$716 billion” figure comes from a Congressional Budget Office report estimating the effect of cost-control measures in the Affordable Care Act. The reductions, mainly to payments to insurance companies and hospitals, would reduce Medicare outlays by $716 billion between 2013 and 2021.
“We have some 47 different federal government training programs…they report to eight different federal agencies.”
This number comes from a Government Accountability Office report (pdf) published in January 2011: “these programs spent approximately $18 billion on employment and training services in fiscal year 2009, according to our survey data. This is an increase of 3 programs and about $5 billion from our 2003 report. Adjusting for inflation, the amount of the increase is about $2 billion.”