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  • MSM Deploys Mediscare Against Carson

    10/26/2015 4:09:40 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/26/2015 | David Catron
    The partisan press has been desperately seeking some weapon that will destroy the GOP presidential candidate who frightens them the most—Ben Carson. Last month, when they realized Carson had defied expert predictions that he would fade away due to lack of funding and earned coverage, the “news” media went after him with all the racist venom they reserve for black conservatives. That failed. Carson’s rise in the polls has continued unabated and recent surveys suggest that he will beat Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses. This has panicked these purported journalists into activating the ultimate Democrat doomsday machine—Mediscare. Mediscare is,...
  • Why Mitt Romney Lost (NewsMax's Christopher Ruddy Blames the Choice of Paul Ryan was one factor)

    11/08/2012 5:44:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11/08/2012 | Christopher Ruddy
    With the 2012 election results in, there are no short- or even medium-term "silver linings" for Republicans. SNIP SNIP On to why our pilot Mitt Romney and his plan were so flawed. 1. Paul Ryan. Romney's choice of Ryan was almost inexplicable. A good conservative, Ryan was unqualified for the job of vice president, and therefore the job of president. A sitting member of Congress, he held no leadership position on the Hill. Romney's VP selection was the most important one of his campaign, and by it he telegraphed his lack of political wisdom to the nation. With his VP...

    10/30/2012 9:12:29 AM PDT · by papertyger · 48 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/30/2012 | mytheos holt
    ​This post contains graphic language. Discretion is advised. – If you thought the Lena Dunham ad comparing voting to sexual intercourse with the president was crass, you might want to skip this story. Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore and have teamed up to make an ad — titled “Greatest Generation” — that actually includes the phrase “cock punch” and features a woman old enough to be many peoples’ great grandmother promising to “burn this motherf**ker down.” The ad is allegedly centered around the issue of voter fraud, but really is focused on the idea that a victory by Mitt Romney...
  • AMA committee endorses Ryan-esque Medicare reform

    10/16/2012 8:26:35 AM PDT · by Snuph · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | ED MORRISSEY | OCTOBER 16, 2012
    Video at link,--The exchange on Medicare may have been the most substantive and interesting part of the Vice President debate last Thursday night. Paul Ryan explained that the Obama administration’s robbing of Medicare Advantage to pay for Medicaid expansion would accelerate the bankruptcy of Medicare, while Joe Biden in one of his calmer moments attacked Ryan for proposing a “voucher” program. Biden claimed to have the support of the AMA in opposing free-market-based reforms such as Ryan’s proposal uses, and dramatically asked, “Who [will] you believe, the AMA, me?” Like so much of what Biden had to say — when...
  • Biden OK with Democrats citing outdated number to fault Romney on health care

    09/30/2012 5:15:36 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 5 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Sept. 30, 2012 | George Bennett
    Not long after Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told seniors at Century Village of Boca Raton they could be socked with $6,300 a year in higher Medicare costs under Mitt Romney, Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged the figure is based on an analysis of an outdated plan. But Biden argued it’s fair for Democrats to keep using the number, anyway. U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, was one of the speakers who took the stage before Biden on Friday at the heavily Democratic condo community. “We know that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan unapologetically support an extreme budget plan...
  • Joe Biden To Florida Seniors: Mitt Romney Would Threaten Medicare [Where's The Counter-Attack?]

    09/28/2012 7:52:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 28, 2012 | Michael A. Memoli
    Joe Biden To Florida Seniors: Mitt Romney Would Threaten Medicare By Michael A. Memoli September 28, 2012 TAMARAC, Fla. -- If there's one thing Vice President Joe Biden does more conspicuously here than in other states, it's to play the role as chief validator for his running mate. Before senior-heavy audiences in southern Florida on Friday, he fulfilled that role in two ways, buttressing the Obama campaign's case against the Republicans on entitlement programs, and offering a firm testimonial for the president when it comes to his stewardship of the U.S. relationship with Israel. The 69-year-old former senator waxed at...
  • Obama More Flexible on Medicare Than Rhetoric Suggests (Start of a VOUCHER PROGRAM ?)

    09/08/2012 9:37:24 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 6 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | September 8, 2012 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    In his convention speech in Charlotte, President Obama vowed to block the Republican Medicare reform plan because “no American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.” But back in Washington, his Health and Human Services Department is launching a pilot program that would shift up to 2 million of the poorest and most-vulnerable seniors out of the federal Medicare program and into private health insurance plans overseen by the states. The administration has accepted applications from 18 states to participate in the program, which would give states money to purchase managed-care plans for...
  • ABC: Paul Ryan's Mother Campaigning For A 'Very Calculated' Reason

    08/18/2012 6:01:58 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At one point during Good Morning America's coverage of the presidential race this morning, co-host Dan Harris proclaimed that--"seven days into the newly minted Romney/Romney ticket, the snark and sniping is hitting new levels." He should know. The snarkiest snipe of the morning came from Harris's own co-host. Opening the show, co-host Bianna Golodryga declared that Paul Ryan's mother would be appearing on the campaign trail with him today "for a very calculated reason." Do you recall ABC or other MSM outlets depicting, say, Michelle Obama's frequent campaign stops—or politicking thinly-disguised as public service appearances—as "very calculated" or the like?...
  • The Mediscare Boomerang

    08/17/2012 10:06:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal, ^ | August 16, 2012
    For the first time in memory, voters this year may have a choice between two very different philosophies about how Medicare ought to evolve. The political class is spitting nails because, thanks largely to ObamaCare, a reform agenda might finally get a fair hearing. *** Obama's $716 billion is a "cut" only in the sense of slowing the rate of spending growth over 10 years, which is the baseline Democrats always use. Medicare spending will continue to rise rapidly. The Obama "cuts" come by cranking down Medicare's price controls for hospitals and by gutting Medicare Advantage. The real term for...
  • Letting Granny Speak for Herself

    08/17/2012 9:50:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 17, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    We remember Granny. She's the helpless old lady in a wheelchair that Paul Ryan, or somebody who was supposed to look like him, pushed over the cliff. That's the way an Obama campaign commercial attempted to demonstrate the heartlessness of the mean ol' Republicans. But a funny thing happened on the way to November. When Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, a lot of people put that video on rewind. Granny turned out to be alive and well, capable of looking at things for herself, seeing things as they really are, and she's alarmed at what she...
  • George Stephanopoulos Already Touting Unpopularity of Paul Ryan, Reads Obama Tweet

    08/14/2012 1:38:20 PM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 08/14/2012 | Scott Whitlock
    Former Democratic operative turned TV host George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday immediately set to work on the job of parroting Democratic talking points about the new Republican presidential ticket. The cable anchor teased the program by hyping, "Mitt Romney and his new running mate under attack from the White House. President Obama says they will end Medicare as we know it." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Stephanopoulos also used social media to parrot liberal attacks: "President Obama put out a tweet last night to his 18 and a half million followers, saying Romney and Ryan want to end Medicare as...
  • Flashback: Obama Says Stop Scaring Seniors Over Ryan's Medicare Reform

    08/14/2012 1:11:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August. 14, 2012
    January 29, 2010, President Obama at GOP House Issues Conference: "There is a political vulnerability to doing anything that tinkers with Medicare. And that's probably the biggest savings that are obtained through Paul's plan. And I raise that not because we shouldn't have a series discussion about it. I raise that because we're not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize, whatever proposals are put out there, as, well, you know, that's -- the other party is being irresponsible; the other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens;...
  • Soledad O'Brien Caught Reading Liberal Blog During Heated Debate With Romney Adviser

    08/14/2012 5:50:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Soledad O'Brien Caught Reading Liberal Blog During Heated Debate With Romney Adviser By Noel Sheppard Created 08/13/2012 - 10:31pm Can CNN's Soledad O'Brien make her sources any more apparent than she did Monday night? While filling in for Anderson Cooper, O'Brien was actually caught on screen looking at an article from the far-left website Talking Points Memo to assist her in a heated debate with Romney campaign senior adviser Barbara Comstock (video follows with commentary): Ali Akbar at Viral Read reported Monday: During her interview with Virginia House of Delegates Republican member Barbara Comstock, O’Brien became visibly flustered and was...
  • President Obama in 2009 Pledged to Veto Attempts to Undo Medicare Cuts

    08/14/2012 12:22:28 PM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/14/2012 | Jake Tapper
    As Democrats attack Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for their proposals regarding Medicare, Republicans are circulating this clip from a November 9, 2009 interview we had with President Obama in which he not only acknowledged that one third of his health care bill was paid for by cuts to Medicare, but that he would veto attempts to undo those cuts. Watch the video below. The exchange on Medicare occurs at 2:15:
  • PolitiFact’s ‘Lie of the Year’ becomes Democrats’ central talking point

    08/14/2012 4:20:28 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/13/2012 | by Howard Portnoy
    Even if you are no fan of so-called fact checks (yo!), you probably have some awareness that PolitiFact made the Democratic Party’s claim that passage of the Ryan plan by the House was a “vote to end Medicare” the “Lie of the Year” for 2011. “PolitiFact,” its writers noted on Dec. 20, 2011, “debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact-checks rated False or Pants on Fire, most often in attacks leveled against Republican House members.” So, what is the message being put out now by leading Democrats? Here’s the text of an email from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...
  • David Axelrod: Mitt Romney would bankrupt Medicare

    08/14/2012 7:42:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/14/12 9:23 AM EDT | Katie Glueck
    In a swipe at the GOP presidential ticket, senior Obama adviser David Axelrod on Tuesday defended President Barack Obama’s handling of Medicare. “The president … took away subsidies, unwarranted subsidies, to insurance companies, and he used that money to help lengthen the life of Medicare by nearly a decade,” Axelrod said on CNN’s Starting Point, referencing a provision of the new health care law. “So when Gov. Romney says he doesn’t support that, obviously … that’s problematical.” …
  • Dem electoral strategy – convince Grandparents to throw Grandchildren off fiscal cliff

    08/13/2012 6:09:29 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/13/12 | William Jacobson
    There is no more misleading imagery than the ad run by Democrats in which a Paul Ryan-looking figure throws Granny off a cliff due to Medicare cuts: (Ad at link) The ad has it exactly opposite to reality. Republican proposals would keep Medicare the same for people already in the system or 10 years away from entering the system. Nothing would affect Granny, but restructuring would save Medicare for future generations while easing the national debt burden. **snip**Mediscare is an age-old Democratic tactic, but this time it’s different because left as is Medicare goes bankrupt in Granny’s lifetime and bursts...
  • It Begins: Democrats Repeat 'Lie of the Year' on Medicare (Who is surprised)

    08/11/2012 7:12:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | August 11, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Well, that didn't take long:   In an effort to scare senior citizens, Democrats repeated and overheated a charge that Politifact branded the 2011 “lie of the year” upon hearing that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has joined Mitt Romney as a running mate. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called Ryan “the architect of the Republican plan to kill Medicare” in a fundraising message sent by DCCC executive director Robby Mook. Mook explained the thinking behind making that charge in the next line, explaining that he wants to define Ryan in the minds of the American people as quickly as possible....
  • Pelosi to Florida seniors: Republicans are ‘E. coli club’, they don't care about food safety

    08/06/2012 2:26:40 PM PDT · by T.O.K. · 24 replies ^ | August 6, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Former U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Monday threw her political weight behind former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel’s bid for Congress. In a scheduled visit to the Veranda Club, an assisted-living facility in Boca Raton, the Democratic leader briefly spoke to a small crowd of mostly seniors about her admiration for Frankel as a “woman of courage.” She then launched into a familiar speech on Medicare.
  • Health Law Strikedown May Disrupt Medicare

    05/03/2012 4:10:19 AM PDT · by upchuck · 26 replies
    ABC News/Ass Press ^ | May 3, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Tossing out President Barack Obama's health care law would have major unintended consequences for Medicare's payment systems, unseen but vital plumbing that handles 100 million monthly claims from hospitals and other service providers, the administration has quietly informed the courts. Although the law made significant cuts to providers and improved prescription and preventive benefits for seniors, Medicare has been overlooked in a Supreme Court debate focused on the law's controversial requirement that individuals carry health insurance. Yet havoc in Medicare could have repercussions in an election year when both parties are avidly courting seniors. In papers filed with the Supreme...
  • Romney Faces Medicare Attacks in Florida [Romney Accuses Gingrich of Using "Obama Playbook"]

    01/27/2012 9:35:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | January 27, 2012 | Alan Silverleib
    Romney Faces Medicare Attacks in Florida By Alan Silverleib January 27 (CNN) -- GOP presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich barnstormed across Florida on Friday, trying to rally supporters and break away in the polls four days before what is shaping up to be a pivotal primary in that state. The morning after a heated CNN/Florida Republican Party debate in Jacksonville, a pro-Gingrich super PAC hit the airwaves with a television ad essentially accusing Romney of committing Medicare fraud. One of Gingrich's top Florida backers, former state Attorney General Bill McCollum, also raised questions about Romney's past service on...
  • Gingrich Used Payroll Tax Ploy Often Attacked By IRS

    01/24/2012 4:42:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/24/2012 | Janet Novack
    Newt Gingrich avoided tens of thousands of dollars in Medicare payroll taxes in 2010 by using a technique the Internal Revenue Service has consistently and successfully attacked. Republican Presidential candidate Gingrich and his wife, Callista, treated only $444,327 of what they got from Gingrich Holdings. Inc. and Gingrich Productions as compensation to them, while reporting a whopping $2.4 million of their earnings from these corporations as profits or dividends. Medicare taxes are levied at a rate of 2.9% on an unlimited amount of compensation and self-employment income (say, from a consulting contract, speeches or a book) but not on profits...
  • Lie of the Year 2011: 'Republicans voted to end Medicare'

    12/20/2011 8:31:49 AM PST · by Qbert · 8 replies ^ | December 20th, 2011 | Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan
    Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan kept Medicare intact for people 55 or older, but dramatically changed the program for everyone else by privatizing it and providing government subsidies. Democrats pounced. Just four days after the party-line vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Web ad that said seniors will have to pay $12,500 more for health care "because Republicans voted to end Medicare." Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head...
  • GOP hits Dems over Medicare 'Lie of the Year'

    12/20/2011 4:36:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies ^ | 20 Dec 2011 | Julian Pecquet
    Republican lawmakers rejoiced Tuesday after Democrats' line of attack against their Medicare overhaul was named the 2011 "Lie of the Year" by the fact-checking website PolitiFact. Democrats hope that accusing Republicans of voting to "end Medicare" will rile up seniors and help them in the 2012 elections. PolitiFact's decision further weakens that argument just days after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) broke ranks and partnered with the author of the Republican overhaul, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). "That's a great talking point. I'm glad to hear that," said Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas). "We'll take a victory when we can get one." Rep....
  • Newt Gingrich: New Ryan-Wyden Medicare plan a "breakthrough"

    12/15/2011 10:45:48 AM PST · by TBBT · 15 replies ^ | 12/15/2011 | Brian Montopoli
    Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich is reacting positively to a bipartisan Medicare reform plan, tweeting, "The Wyden-Ryan bipartisan Medicare reform plan is a major breakthrough with Democrats and Republicans working together to solve big problems." The plan in question, from Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, would keep traditional Medicare as an option for new retirees when it goes into effect in 2022, though private insurance would also be able to engage in regulated competition with the government-run health care plan. The eligibility age would remain at 65 under the new plan. Ryan, the House...
  • Tales of a Democratic Fabulist

    12/14/2011 5:23:31 PM PST · by NEconservative · 5 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 12/6/2011 | Raj Kannappan
    Immediately following the start of her tenure as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FLA) chose the path of deception over collected leadership. She revealed to the public the insidiousness with which she intended to further loot the long-gone confidence of citizens in their government when she claimed on national television that Republicans “want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws—and very transparently—block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates.” By uttering those words, Wasserman Schultz began her seemingly effortless...
  • Medicare Fraud With 'erectile pumps'

    10/18/2011 12:33:49 PM PDT · by dennisw · 21 replies
    forbes ^ | 9/30/2011
    In Rhode Island, a different take on Medicare fraud has been discovered. Gary Winner, 49, was purchasing penis enlargers from an adult website and then repackaging them as medical devices that were sold to patients claiming the device helped, “bladder control, urinary flow and prostate comfort.” Winner paid $26 for the pumps then charged Medicare $284 for the device that treated erectile dysfunction. Word must have gotten around about this miracle cure. Winner reaped $2 million before he was caught. Medicare reimburses for products treating impotence and erectile dysfunction. Winner (pronounced “winner” for any of those who may have been...
  • Part D Price Controls Kill Jobs

    10/12/2011 4:42:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 12, 2011 | SALLY PIPES
    Washington faces two pressing tasks — getting a handle on escalating federal debt and addressing the country's unemployment crisis. Unfortunately, the White House, thanks to its usual ideological blinders, has come up with a plan that will actually cost jobs — even as it achieves only trifling savings. The proposal, which Team Obama has now forwarded to the supercommittee charged with coming up with $1.6 trillion in savings over the next decade, is to extend Medicaid-style manufacturers' rebates to part of the Medicare Part D program. The proposal affects the so-called "dual eligibles," those eligible for Medicaid but who obtain...
  • Repeal our unfunded health law? No way, says GOP

    09/18/2011 9:07:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    AP ^ | 9/18/11 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a massive health care entitlement with unfunded future costs over $7 trillion. Many conservatives are still upset at the way it was rammed through Congress. But when the Republican presidential candidates were asked last week asked if they would repeal the Medicare drug benefit, they said no way. After all, Republicans created it. Republicans want to pull the plug on the health care overhaul they call "Obamacare," but that law is arguably less a deficit driver than the Medicare drug plan they are defending.
  • NRCC on Nevada victory: ‘Democrats just saw their 2012 playbook fall apart’

    09/14/2011 6:26:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/14/2011 | Alexis Levinson
    Late Tuesday night National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Pete Sessions painted the Republican win in the special election in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District as a snapshot of the problems Democrats will face in 2012. “Democrats just saw their 2012 playbook fall apart as Nevada voters refused to buy Democrats’ Medicare scare tactics and misinformation campaigns,” Sessions wrote in a statement. “This election sends Democrats another warning that Democrats up and down the ballot next year cannot escape accountability for their failed economic policies.” Medicare policy was a major focus in the ad war between Democrat Kate Marshall and Republican Mark...
  • Biden’s claim that the GOP will ‘eliminate’ Medicare

    09/01/2011 1:55:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Fact Checker ^ | September 1, 2011 | Glenn Kessler
    “We’re going to debate it. We’re going to debate it straight up. We’re not going to debate it in terms of just being a — political 30-second ads. Paul Ryan laid out their budget. Their budget eviscerates — it eliminates Medicare. They say it doesn’t. It makes it a voucher program. I call that eliminating Medicare in the next 10 years.” — Vice President Biden, Aug. 30, 2011Vice President Biden’s remarks to campaign donors in Tulsa resurfaces an issue that lay dormant during the long summer debate over raising the debt ceiling — the House Republican plan for Medicare. We...
  • Michael Barone: The Price of Entitlements - We face not only current budget problems but a...

    08/31/2011 4:42:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 29, 2011 12 | Michael Barone
    The Price of Entitlements We face not only current budget problems but a Western European future. Some of a society’s most intractable problems come not from its failures but from its successes. Often you can’t get a good thing without paying a bad price. A prime example is our public old-age-pension system, Social Security. It has been completely successful in wiping out poverty among the elderly. Old ladies no longer have to eat cat food to survive. But we pay some prices for this. One is a lower savings rate. China has a humongous savings rate, in part because it...
  • Bipartisan Rejection of Obamacare’s IPAB Rationing Board Grows

    07/21/2011 12:47:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Heritage ^ | 7/21/11 | Todd Thurman
    This week, the House Budget Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee held hearings to examine the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board of unelected bureaucrats tasked under Obamacare to reduce the growth in Medicare spending. During the Budget Committee hearing, Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, described the board: [T]he IPAB is unprecedented in the power given to unelected officials to direct hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending. The IPAB will give unelected, unaccountable government appointees the power to make decisions about payment policy in Medicare that will ultimately determine whether millions of seniors have access...
  • TPM: Senate Democrats Declare “Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare” Dead On Arrival

    07/20/2011 11:14:19 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    TPM ^ | 7-20-11 | Igor Bobic
    Senate Democrats today unleashed a torrent of criticism against the GOP's Cut, Cap, and Balance Act which passed the House late last night via a heavily partisan vote, re-branding it as a political scheme that would "kill medicare" and one that would never pass in the Senate. "Let me make this as simple as I can: the Republican scheme to cap, cut, and kill medicare is dead on arrival in the senate," declared Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at a press conference in Washington. "[It] would wreak havoc on our country's seniors, the middle class, military preparedness, and our country's standing...
  • Coburn, Lieberman Float Medicare Proposal

    06/28/2011 3:24:36 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 59 replies
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | June 28, 2011 | Steven T. Dennis
    Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) entered the debt and deficit debate Tuesday, proposing a Medicare overhaul they said would cut the deficit by about $600 billion during the next decade. The duo, which Coburn nicknamed the “brothers two,” now intends to drum up support by shopping its plan around, including to the “gang of six,” from which Coburn took a sabbatical. Coburn left the bipartisan group, which was exploring ways to decrease the deficit, because he felt it was not going far enough in cutting entitlements. But he has clearly found an ally in Lieberman, who in...
  • Mike Haridopolos stands out in Senate race for bucking GOP Medicare plan

    06/03/2011 7:22:48 AM PDT · by jjw · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/2/2011 | Marc Caputo
    TALLAHASSEE -- Florida’s crowded Republican Senate race has two types of major candidates: The three who support their party’s controversial Medicare revamp and Mike Haridopolos. Haridopolos, the Florida Senate’s president, said he can’t support the Republican plan because it doesn’t protect seniors enough and doesn’t cut enough of the deficit. In bucking his party’s plan, Haridopolos inevitably puts a target on his back in the Republican primary. But it also makes him stand out in a crowded field and could pay dividends in a general election matchup against Democrat Bill Nelson.
  • Medicare Threatens to Derail Debt Ceiling, Budget Negotiations as Dems, GOP Dig In

    06/01/2011 1:34:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/01/11 | HUMA KHAN
    Medicare Threatens to Derail Debt Ceiling, Budget Negotiations as Dems, GOP Dig InBy HUMA KHAN June 1, 2011 Medicare has quickly become the chief issue of contention in budget negotiations that could derail talks on raising the U.S. debt ceiling and send the country spiraling into default. Republicans charge that Democrats are simply demagoging the issue as a political ploy for the 2012 elections without proposing a concrete plan of their own. "I just said we got to take on this debt and if we demagogue each other at the leadership level then we're never going to take on our...
  • Marco Rubio: Why We Must Save Medicare

    05/27/2011 9:42:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 05/27/2011 | John Hayward
    There are some Republicans who have cringed before the fearful political challenge of defending the Medicare reforms in Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is not one of them. Rubio published a strong editorial in the Miami Herald on the subject yesterday, and followed up with a short video presentation elaborating on the same themes: I continue to be surprised that anyone thinks defending the Ryan proposals is complicated. Rubio lays out a simple and powerful case in this editorial. “We need to save Medicare, not simply delay its bankruptcy,” he declares. “We need it...
  • Cain Breaks From GOP Script, Praises Ryan Plan

    05/27/2011 9:45:24 AM PDT · by justsaynomore · 62 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 5/26/11 | Eric Kleefield
    Herman Cain appeared Thursday on Fox & Friends, and spoke strongly in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) controversial proposal to privatize Medicare. And Cain quite proudly called the proposal a "voucher" program -- a word that Republicans are trying to avoid. Fox host Gretchen Carlson asked Cain what he thought of the fact that none of the various budgets in Congress can pass. "Well what's going on is, they're not being honest with the American people," said Cain. "The fact of the matter is, Ryan's plan represents giving people a choice -- but if you're 55 years of age...
  • Krugman Calls Congressman Ryan a Liar and a Sore Loser

    05/27/2011 9:17:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5-27-11 | Noel Shepherd
    The demagoguery of Paul Ryan by the media continues. On Friday, the New York Times' resident Nobel laureate Paul Krugman called the Wisconsin Congressman a liar and a sore loser: ~snip~ If anyone is lying here, it’s Mr. Ryan himself, who has claimed that his plan would give seniors the same kind of coverage that members of Congress receive — an assertion that is completely false. And, by the way, the claim that the plan would keep Medicare as we know it intact for Americans currently 55 or older is highly dubious. True, that’s what the plan promises, but if...
  • When are Republicans going to start explaining how Barack Obama wants to kill your children?

    05/27/2011 7:35:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/27/11 | Tucker Carlson / Neil Patel
    Rep. Paul Ryan released a video about Medicare yesterday that you can watch on The Daily Caller. It is a compelling and substantive argument about the nature of the fiscal problems we face and the solutions he and other Republicans are offering. It’s almost certainly doomed. Unless his allies step forward quickly to bolster his points with an effective political argument, Ryan’s ideas will die a swift death. Already, they’re showing signs of expiring. Contrast the Ryan video, which is measured and essentially defensive, with the attacks against it. Since the moment Ryan’s plan appeared, Democrats have argued that his...
  • Reid: ‘Not in Favor of Changing Medicare’ Despite Its $24.6 Trillion Shortfall

    05/26/2011 2:34:46 PM PDT · by CNSNews · 14 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 5/26/11 | Matt Cover
    ( – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was not willing to change Medicare despite the fact that the program has an estimated $24.6 trillion in unfunded liabilities--the amount of money the government is obligated to pay, above what it gets in tax revenue, to honor future benefits under the Medicare program. At Reid’s weekly press conference on Tuesday, asked the senator, “According to the Medicare trustees, Medicare’s got $24.6 trillion in unfunded liabilities – how many of those trillions in unfunded liabilities are you willing to cut to bring the program into solvency?
  • Ryan, Medicare & NY-26

    05/24/2011 7:25:29 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 23 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 24, 2011 | Michael Sean Winters
    Paul Ryan’s budget proposal is not on the ballot in the special election today in New York’s 26th congressional district. But, it might as well be. This rock-ribbed Republican seat, once held by Cong. Jack Kemp, is in danger of going to the a Democratic candidate. If it does, the Ryan plan will be dead. Kathy Hochul is the Democratic candidate in NY-26 and she is leading in the latest polls. I still doubt she can win the seat. If the GOP turns out its voters, and all the national attention could result in a higher than usual turnout, their...
  • Congressional Republicans Decry "MediScare" [Democrats love Scaring elderly!]

    05/11/2011 6:45:02 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies ^ | May 11, 2011 | By Jim Angle
    Congressional Republicans Decry "MediScare"By Jim Angle Freshmen Republicans emerged from the House Wednesday to complain that Democrats are violating a pledge from President Obama not to demonize proposals tackling big problems such as Medicare, including the plan from Republican Paul Ryan. Despite the President's pledge, Adam Kinsziger, R-Ill., said "a week after its passage... Democrats started what the Chicago Tribune referred to as 'Mediscare' tactics against Republicans." And James Lankford, R-Okla., said "Washington's a great place to talk about the problems but as soon as someone actually proposes a solution, everyone attacks the person proposing solutions... That doesn’t solve the...
  • White House hits watchdog on Medicare plan (attacks latest CBO findings)

    07/25/2009 7:54:31 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 36 replies · 372+ views
    CNN ^ | July 25, 2009 | Staff
    The White House has criticized the Congressional Budget Office's findings that the Obama administration's proposal to control Medicare costs would yield a moderate savings of $2 billion over the next decade. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag said the CBO's analysis -- which it relayed to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Saturday -- could feed a perception of the office's bias toward "exaggerating costs and underestimating savings." "The point of the proposal ... was never to generate savings over the next decade," Orszag said in a letter posted on Saturday....
  • HHS eventually gets it right; Social Security should follow suit.

    07/26/2007 11:31:39 AM PDT · by mthompson2 · 10 replies · 554+ views
    The HIll ^ | July 26, 2007 | Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D.
    Tuesday’s edition of The Hill mentioned millions of uninsured Americans who have received little attention from the Bush Administration during the growing debate over SCHIP reauthorization. Many Americans lack adequate public or private coverage for catastrophic long-term care (LTC) expenses. Worse yet, many of these families mistakenly assume Medicare will pay for LTC services, while it generally does not. The Government Accountability Office identifies this confusion as a threat to our nation’s retirement security and urges government agencies to raise Baby Boomers awareness about their need for and lack of adequate coverage. Despite funding from Congress for LTC education activities,...
  • Well, we still have the right to stand in line

    06/10/2005 3:02:12 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 18 replies · 701+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 10, 2005 | Christina Blizzard
    There is a rule of punditry that says when a court hands down a decision with which you disagree politically, it is judicial activism. On the other hand, when you agree with it, it is a landmark decision that finally injects some common sense and sanity into the system. In this case, Canada's abysmal health care system. So it was with the Supreme Court of Canada's decision released yesterday that struck down the Quebec law prohibiting private insurance companies from offering coverage for procedures that are offered by the government's public health plan. Well, hallelujah! It's about time. Sure, this...
  • Medicare Costs Are New Focus for Candidates

    09/11/2004 5:57:43 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 5 replies · 376+ views
    NYT ^ | 12 September 2004 | ROBERT PEAR and CARL HULSE
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 - Medicare has suddenly emerged as a volatile issue in this year's elections, as Democrats are vowing to roll back a sharp increase in premiums announced this month and the Bush campaign is seeking to blame lawmakers, including Senator John Kerry, for the rise. The trading of accusations reflects efforts by both parties to seek advantage with older voters. Democrats, hoping to reclaim an issue central to their success in past elections, said they would try to block the 17.4 percent increase that will come out of Social Security checks next year.
  • CBS Pulls Medicare Ad Pending Review

    02/13/2004 5:44:02 PM PST · by curlewbird · 15 replies · 139+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 02/13/04 | By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - CBS has stopped running the Bush administration's publicly funded ad for the new Medicare prescription drug law, pending a review of its content by congressional investigators. The 30-second ad, titled "Same Medicare. More Benefits," has prompted strong criticism from Democratic lawmakers and a range of interest groups who say it is a barely disguised commercial for President Bush (news - web sites)'s re-election campaign. Democrats asked the General Accounting Office (news - web sites), Congress' investigative arm, to examine whether the administration should be using taxpayer money to air the commercial. And several lawmakers have been lobbying network...
  • Dems’ charge against Medicare ads boomerangs; ad firm has Dem ties

    02/12/2004 10:37:17 AM PST · by wolicy_ponk · 5 replies · 211+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 12, 2004 | Sam Dealey
    Dems’ charge against Medicare ads boomerangs; ad firm has Dem ties By Sam Dealey Democratic lawmakers renewed their calls yesterday that Bush administration ads touting changes in the Medicare law enacted last year be halted until their propriety is investigated. The minority lawmakers question both their timing and accuracy, and point to a Republican-oriented firm’s production of the ads as evidence that the media campaign is merely an extension of President Bush’s re-election drive. “The administration chose to use the media team that is part of the Team Bush re-election,” said Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) at a press conference. “They...