Republicans Turn up the Heat on President Obama to Stop MediSCARE Tactics, Take on Drivers of America’s Debt Crisis
Armed with a troubling report from the Trustees of Medicare warning that the program will run out of money by 2024, Republicans are ratcheting up pressure on President Obama and his Democratic allies to stop the hyper-partisan attacks on the GOP’s plan to save Medicare and work in a bipartisan way to address our looming debt crisis. Here’s the story:
>> SPEAKER BOEHNER CALLS LAYS OUT THE STAKES, DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION: “The trustees’ report makes it clear that if we do nothing, Medicare will not be able to pay promised benefits to American seniors – and sooner than we thought. It’s time for the grown-ups in the room to stand and be counted. We have laid out a plan to address the threat of Medicare insolvency. We’re still waiting to see one from President Obama and the Democrats who run Washington.” (Washington Post, 5/13/11)
>> GOP FRESHMAN URGE WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS TO STOP “FEAR MONGERING”: “History will judge us by whether we worked together to solve our country’s problems or played politics to score points in the next election. We have a responsibility to the American people -- The time to act is now, Mr. President.” (Washington Post, 5/13/11)
>> BUDGET CHAIR PAUL RYAN BLASTS OBAMA PLAN THAT ALLOWS MEDICARE TO RUN OUT OF MONEY BEFORE TAX HIKES, RATIONING BOARD TAKE OVER: “In a recent speech he gave in response to the House budget, President Barack Obama outlined his approach to addressing our fiscal imbalance. It begins with trillions of dollars in higher taxes and relies on a plan to control costs in Medicare: A board of 15 unelected bureaucrats would be given more power to deeply ration Medicare spending in ways that would disrupt the lives of those in retirement, leading to waiting lists and denied care for today's seniors. ” (Chicago Tribune, 5/16/11)
Republicans vowed in their Pledge to America to listen to the American people and make the tough decisions to get our country back on track. And despite being outnumbered in Democrat-run Washington, that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Under the GOP’s plan to save Medicare there would be no changes and no disruptions for anyone over the age of 55; ObamaCare’s “Rationing Board” would be eliminated; future Medicare beneficiaries will have access to the same health care options as members of Congress; and more.