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Congressional Republicans Advance 'Medicare-Killing' Budget

Republicans in Congress conveniently ignore the fact that Medicare works for America and must be protected

“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Republicans in Congress are determined to advance a “Medicare-killing” budget. For conservatives, the purpose and benefits of Medicare to the 40 million Americans age 65 and older are ignored as the GOP continues it’s relentless attack against this Social Security Health Insurance program.

Last year Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) proposed that Medicare be replaced by a fully privatized plan, it was a disaster for the GOP as those 65 years and older rallied against the Republican onslaught. Now, just last week, Ryan introduced a sequel to his earlier assault on Medicare as he put forward his Path to Prosperity, Medicare-Killing fiscal plan.

Ryan conveniently ignores the fact that Medicare works for America and must be protected. This program provides 47 million seniors and disabled Americans with access to affordable and life sustaining treatments and medicines. Before Congress created Medicare in 1965, more than half of American seniors did not have health insurance due to un-affordable cost. Sick, elderly, patients were treated like second class citizens. Many aging Americans without family to care for them became destitute, or out on the street, without critical health care. Republicans like Ryan want to return America to this disgraceful time.

Ryan also proposes to take from seniors the provision of the Affordable Health Care Act that cuts the cost of prescription drugs for millions of Medicare patients, including the new 50 percent discount on brand name drugs for seniors and people with disabilities in the “donut hole." Already, nearly 900,000 patients have used the discounts and saved $461 million.

Ryan’s budget proposal has nothing to do with fairness, instead it provides massive tax breaks for the richest 1 percent and preserves the huge give-aways to “Big Oil," while at the same time shifting the burden of deficit reduction to the middle class and seniors citizens. Once again, the conservative Republicans fail to ask the rich to make sacrifices but instead proposes to end guaranteed health coverage under Medicare and shred this critical safety net for the middle class.

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bob migliaccio April 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I don't know who this is but please dont tell me to put on my big boy pants--I've been thinking for myself for a few years thank you. As for your typical rant on how your SS will be taken away in some way please know this--both of my parents were disabled--they relied on both SS and medicare--so I am not tearing away anything from anyone. To say we should not in some way reform these programs now because as you said "they are fine until 2036" is just a cop-out. We can insure that current benefits are paid while strengthening it for the younger generation and making sure it's solvent. And enough with "we been paying for decades"---so have people my age....
L April 23, 2012 at 01:50 PM
"The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says in a report to be released Monday that the $8.3 billion the administration has earmarked for quality bonuses to Medicare Advantage insurance plans would postpone the pain of cuts to the plans under the new health care law. Most of the money would go to plans rated merely average." Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/23/government-auditors-call-for-end-to-8-million-medicare-bonus-program/#ixzz1ss5Maa31
Lori Morrison April 23, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Elected officials in Washington receive a large salary, full benefits and a large pension all because we, the people elected them. If they had to pay for their own benefits, did not take a pension and put that money back into the social security and medicare program, it would fix the problem. They are elected to serve the people both young and old. Government "welfare" needs to end
mr t April 27, 2012 at 02:41 AM
bob g read something so i take it youre voting for romney who was 47th out of 50 states in job creation as gov of mass. and bn do you actually believe that the keystone pipeline will lower gas prices? lol it will raise gas prices as reported in trans canada's own 2008 report. by by passing the midwest and exporting oil overseas from tax free zones in the gulf it will raise gas prices . its amazing how you guys never get the memo.the only oil america will see from keystone is the oil it leaks from substandard steel pipes made in india. how many americans are working in india on this pipe?
messages from newt's moon base April 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
earth to project moonbeam how can you manage to get it so wrong everytime.? despite what sean hannity told you to think the budget that was voted down was the budget that was from this past feb. obama has made major changes to a new version of it and dems are going to submit it when complete. moonbeam you better check for a carbon monoxide leak in your apt. no one could be this daffy without being starved of oxygen to the brain. lol

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