‘will 2010 medicare ads come back to haunt gop?’

This is a real Tea Party banner. Seriously.

CBS: The proposed 2012 budget that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan put forward today seemingly plays right into Democrats’ hands by proposing massive changes to Medicare…

The Republican party launched aggressive attacks against Democrats in the midterm elections for voting for President Obama’s health care reforms, which also included significant changes to the program….

Ryan’s plan would dramatically transform the health care plan for seniors. Instead of providing those over 65 with government-run health care, seniors starting in 2022 would receive “premium support” (subsidies given directly to insurance providers) to get the health care of their choice from private insurers….

Many Republicans have praised Ryan’s efforts today, but much of the praise has been reserved for Ryan’s leadership, rather than the substance of the proposal itself. Some of those Republicans may have 2010 in mind, when the GOP hammered the Democratic health care plan, which included $500 billion in Medicare cuts.

“Seniors do not want senators fooling with Medicare,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor on Dec. 4, 2009, ahead of the congressional votes on the legislation. “Let me say that again: Seniors do not want senators fooling with Medicare. They want us to fix it, to strengthen it… not raid it like a giant piggy bank to create some entirely new government program.”

…the Democratic health care plan provided potent fodder for the midterm elections. Republican Dan Coats, now the junior senator for Indiana, ran an ad against his 2010 opponent, Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth that blasted him for failing to “protect seniors”…….Coats office has not responded to an inquiry from Hotsheet as to whether he supports Ryan’s proposed budget.

Similarly, Republican Pat Toomey, now the junior senator for Pennsylvania, ran a 2010 ad railing against his opponent Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak for supporting the health care overhaul.

…”This budget is more proof that Tea Party extremists have toppled the Republican House leadership and completely taken over,” said Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.). “The House Republican Tea Partiers started with cuts to Head Start, education and medical research, and now they want to privatize Medicare. If you are a child seeking an education or an older American seeking health care, the Tea Party budget is toxic to your future.”

Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey (Calif.) said the Ryan plan is “one of the most callous and reckless proposals I’ve seen during 18 years in Congress” and it amounts to “destroying Medicare.”

Democratic Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.) said that expert analysis shows the Ryan plan would “make deep cuts to the Medicare benefits seniors count on. It would end Medicare as we know it and funnel Medicare dollars directly into private insurance companies’ pockets.”

Full article here

12 Responses to “‘will 2010 medicare ads come back to haunt gop?’”

  1. 1 StR
    April 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Wouldn’t the opposite be true? I mean for one Baucus demonizing putting money into private insurers pockets after doing exactly that with the ACA is just as galling.

    Could this budget be a ploy to trick the Dems into arguing against the ACA?

  2. 2 UT Austin Liberal
    April 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I hope it bites them in the proverbial behind. As they say Karma is a b—h 😆

  3. 3 Carolyn
    April 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I don’t think it’s a ploy. I think it is just plain old Republican meanness and catering to the rich and corporations. These ideas have been stewing for a long time, but haven’t made it into the daylight before. Now that they have, they can be dealt with. It’s always hard to fight a shadow. Republicans think there should be NO medicare, no social security, no medicaid, no aid for college…..although it is interesting that wrecking Social Security is not in Ryan’s plan.

  4. 4 africa
    April 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Democrats and all of us should hang this issue around their necks. We should push the media to get them on record supporting these cuts. This is not about Ryan’s leadership, it is about the hurt he is willing to pass on to people’s lives.

    If the media won’t press them, we need to collectively call these GOPers and flood the media with e-mails about why they are not asking Republicans about these drastic cuts to Medicare.

  5. 5 Hachikō
    April 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    The AHCA did not cut medicare. It cut waste and fraud from the program. There’s a difference. President Obama made medicare better for seniors. They now get routine checkups FREE. They got $250 credits to help cover the costs of Rx drugs that fall in the “donut hole.” That hole will be closed by 2014. Notice none of that is mentioned in that CBS article. Instead, they are falsely attempting to equate the real REFORMS Pres. O made to medicare to the complete evisceration of the program that Ryan is proposing.

    This is no “Path to Prosperity.” It’s a Path to Poverty for America’s most vulnerable.

    • 6 UT Austin Liberal
      April 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm


    • 7 Theo67
      April 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      I also heard on the Randy Rhodes show today by an expert she had on who said that Medicaid actually covers a lot of the cost for many seniors living in nursing homes. If the Republicans get their way with Medicare and Medicaid – they won’t just lose their Medicare and health care coverage, some of them may lose their homes. I hope people wake up before that happens – that would be a nightmare scenario.

      • 8 Sue in Minnesota
        April 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        This sickens me….as someone taking care of a dependent parent…..I can think of all kinds of negative impacts this would create for individuals and for society. This is the concern we show for some of our most needy and vulnerable. Not to mention the heightened disregard, and devaluation of life and its natural cycles. (But lets keep making babies…GGGGRRRHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) The thought of this enrages me, literally. Their pro-life moniker is one of their most egregious lies. We shouldn’t pretend they care much about life at all, at least no ones lives beyond theirs and their own.

      • 9 HZ
        April 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

        Theo67, you are so correct about how this will affect seniors in nursing homes. I know of many families where it is very difficult to take care of their families members and their friends. I saw Paul Ryan speaking, and my thoughts went to thinking about where is his heart of compassion for those who are without funds to just get the bare necessities in life. These people are going to have a lot on their children and grandchildren in the future, and it will not be pretty. You can have a bank account that is full this year, and can be completely empty 10 years or in one minutes. It is wise to think with a BIG heart of goodness and reason in this journey we call life.

    • 10 BIGFan
      April 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Well said, Hachiko. Succinct and factual.

  6. 11 Theo67
    April 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    It will be really sad if we see Seniors supporting the Ryan plan based on the fact that it’s either going to take effect well after they’re around to use it, or because they’ll be hoodwinked with the terminology. This is a very dangerous fight. The Republicans may use racism to convince people to deny the growing minorities with future benefits, even if they lump their own children into those being denied. Some seniors are very stubborn and hard to convince of the truth…

  7. 12 Monala
    April 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

    “The Tea Party: toxic to your future” would be a great campaign slogan.

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