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Sen. Dick Durbin: Medicare, Medicaid Fair Game in Talks to Avoid Fiscal Cliff
ABC ^ | 11/25/2012 | By George Stephanopoulos

Posted on 11/25/2012 1:06:41 PM PST by tobyhill

Sen. Dick Durbin said today that his Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate should be willing to address entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid in deficit reduction negotiations.

“From my side of the table, bring entitlement reform into the conversation,” Durbin said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Social Security — set aside … doesn’t add to the deficit. But when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid, protect the integrity of the program, but give it solvency for more and more years.”

But Durbin ruled out raising the age of Medicare eligibility as a potential reform.

“We’ve got to make sure that there is seamless coverage of affordable health insurance for every American,” Durbin said. “My concern about raising that Medicare retirement age is there will be gaps in coverage or coverage that’s way too expensive for seniors to purchase.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: durbin; fiscalcliff; graham

1 posted on 11/25/2012 1:06:48 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

LIAR IS RIGHT!


2 posted on 11/25/2012 1:08:21 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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3 posted on 11/25/2012 1:09:04 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: tobyhill

4 posted on 11/25/2012 1:11:03 PM PST by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: tobyhill
“This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Social Security — set aside … doesn’t add to the deficit. ....”

Sounds like a reasonable statement right? Wrong! Reason why SS set aside doesn't add to the deficit is because they've already borrowed the money

5 posted on 11/25/2012 1:11:54 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: tobyhill

Throw in Commiecare™ and we have a deal.


6 posted on 11/25/2012 1:14:54 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: tobyhill

Be careful with Medicare Advantage dick........ your life depends on it


7 posted on 11/25/2012 1:15:57 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: tobyhill

Don’t be surprised if those programs and Obamacare will be axed in favor of a single pay national health care system.

As part of a “grand bargain”


8 posted on 11/25/2012 1:16:59 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: tobyhill
“Social Security — set aside … doesn’t add to the deficit.

How do they get away with saying something so fundamentally wrong?
9 posted on 11/25/2012 1:24:45 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: tobyhill

OKAY... from what is posted in the OP it doesn’t sound like they are willing to cut anything


10 posted on 11/25/2012 1:28:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: tobyhill

DREAM act Durbin. Liar.


11 posted on 11/25/2012 1:42:28 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: onyx

More than anything else, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, or “Obamacare”, should be on the table.

Inasmuch as much of the funding for this monstrosity was simply EXPROPRIATED from Medicare and Medicaid, if “Obamacare” is properly eviserated, most of those funds should be back where they properly belong. THEN, we can talk about how to redirect the funds that are available to Medicare and Medicaid.

The fact is, the same dollar cannot be spent twice, which is the little piece of legerdemain that was played on the public and the unsuspecting members of Congress, who never read the bill. The arithmetic does not add up or reconcile in normal bookkeeping practice.

If the dollars are to be used to fund Medicare, then by definition, they are not available to be spent on the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. The dollars are one place or the other, they cannot occupy two accounts payable simultaneously.

So which one are you going to give up, Dick Durbin? Or didn’t you read the bill before you voted on it either?


12 posted on 11/25/2012 1:49:22 PM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: tobyhill

Eliminate medicaid, those leaches don’t contribute anything!!!


13 posted on 11/25/2012 1:51:33 PM PST by dalereed
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To: tobyhill

Gifts and Free Stuff for everybody can get pretty expensive.


14 posted on 11/25/2012 1:54:39 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Criminal defense lawyers won't have the Twinkie to kick around anymore.)
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To: tobyhill

NOTE TO THOSE OVER AGE 65: Get sick and it costs, then you can expect a pain pill and expect to die. Thank you, your federal government.


15 posted on 11/25/2012 1:56:50 PM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: tobyhill

Places to fix the budget.

Military? Yes
Medicare? Yes
Medicaid? Yes
Social Security? Yes (in short order... my take)

Welfare? No
Illegals? No
Freebies? No

Yep, lets F those who have played by the rules and reward those who haven’t.


16 posted on 11/25/2012 1:57:09 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: tobyhill

But not TANF, SSI, EITC, SNAP, etc, because those are for Eric Holder’s people.


17 posted on 11/25/2012 2:01:56 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Labor unions are the Communist Party of the USA.)
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To: GeronL
It's the same game the Rats always play, “put it on the table” but never cut anything. The GOP should tell the Rats that the only way they'll even begin to negotiate is to eliminate the Individual Mandate in Obamacare as a down payment.
18 posted on 11/25/2012 2:09:13 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Dick Turban and his asswipe party ALREADY HAVE DESTROYED those programs via Obamacare. They replaced them with a worse program.


19 posted on 11/25/2012 2:14:53 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: tobyhill
They seldom consider cuts in foreign aid, noncitizens welfare and UN in debt talking points
20 posted on 11/25/2012 2:17:10 PM PST by opentalk
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To: tobyhill

Here comes Alensky. Choose your opponents of doing exactly what you are doing-—we Paid for soc and medicare leave them the hell alone. Geo W had a good plan to save it but the slimey DEMs said he was trying to take away the seniors social sec. If anyone in the GOP votes for this they should be tarred and feathered!!!


21 posted on 11/25/2012 2:18:10 PM PST by RightLady
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; tobyhill

Sen. Durbin can run for re-election, in 2014. I live near Chicago, and I know a conservative who will run in that race. He’s Chad Koppie, a member of the Kane Co. Regional Board of Schools. In the 1998 IL governor primary, Chad was the only conservative candidate. He’s pro-tax cuts, pro-spending cuts, pro-life, pro-gun rights, and anti-illegal alien. His blog is chadkoppiescampaign.blogspot.com. If you know any consevatives, who live in Illinois, please tell them about Chad and ask them to volunteer and/or donate to his campaign.


22 posted on 11/25/2012 2:28:42 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: tobyhill

If Pubs want to play it like the Dems, Durbin should be immediately condemned as “throwing the old and sick under the bus”.

Then let the fiscal cliff happen and blame it on him personally.


23 posted on 11/25/2012 2:36:08 PM PST by glorgau
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To: tobyhill

24 posted on 11/25/2012 2:55:05 PM PST by LaybackLenny (Bibi Netanyahu: de facto "Leader of the Free World)
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To: tobyhill
“I must add... my gratitude to you for the attention with which you have listened to me, for, from my numerous observations, our Liberals are never capable of letting anyone else have a conviction of his own without at once meeting their opponent with abuse or even something worse.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot
25 posted on 11/25/2012 2:56:08 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: tobyhill
Dick Turban and his cabal of morons haven't passed a budget in THREE YEARS! Why the hell should anyone believe them NOW?!
26 posted on 11/25/2012 3:08:45 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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Self-ping. Thanks tobyhill.


27 posted on 11/25/2012 3:08:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: tobyhill; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; ...
RE :”But Durbin ruled out raising the age of Medicare eligibility as a potential reform.
“We’ve got to make sure that there is seamless coverage of affordable health insurance for every American,” Durbin said. “My concern about raising that Medicare retirement age is there will be gaps in coverage or coverage that’s way too expensive for seniors to purchase.”

His buddy Sen Limpy Grahamnesty was on with him and he said that senate Republicans demand that the automatic spending cuts be repealed (so no cuts) and instead he wants to raise the (future) age of eligibility for Medicare to ‘pay for it’, which is hardly cutting spending.
Plus when Durbin challenged him and said the medicare trust fund (worthless IOUs Limpy) is good for another decade Grahamnesty didn't have the guts to say a word.

This is so typical, tax cuts now, spending and borrowing now and cut our entitlements later. Then he can claim that he (they) cut the deficit and no-one had to pay for it.

28 posted on 11/25/2012 7:47:59 PM PST by sickoflibs (Dems go for actually winning where-as Rs make believe they are winning when they are losing.)
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To: sickoflibs

Of course its fair game ..why not ..they have screwed everyone else..they will do anything for more cash..the one thing they wont do is STOP SPENDING


29 posted on 11/25/2012 9:57:28 PM PST by dalebert
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To: BenLurkin

“Don’t be surprised if those programs and Obamacare will be axed in favor of a single pay national health care system.”

Bingo!!!

This has always been the goal!!


30 posted on 11/25/2012 10:13:56 PM PST by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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