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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TP April 08, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Here's your President basically in what appears to be a plan of treason: http://youtu.be/4JpPU-SwcbE Right there for you to hear in his own words. His useful idiots will be sure to make rationalize this as they do every one of his destructive acts. They stand behind him & clap like brainless seals when he spews his lies. ...
TP April 08, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Correct fired and as of now remains unnamed and they have not reported to their viewers that they did in fact doctor the 911 call. The racial division that they intended to create remains. More than one NBC staffer was involved, they supposedly sacrificed one due to the alternative media publicizing their malpractice. They've got zero credibility. They ARE the government run media.
JR April 08, 2012 at 02:36 AM
You mean doctoring like the republican national committee did just ONE WEEK AGO when they altered the audio recordings released by the supreme court? Following this, the court announced they may not release same-day recordings. Guess that altering and misleading... you just missed, huh? Typical conservative hypocrite. http://www.rrstar.com/blogs/applesauce/x140149878/GOP-doctors-audio-of-Supreme-Court-hearing-to-distort-its-meaning-and-mislead-listeners
JR April 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Here YOU go...Here's some faux news obama/muslim comments that you say doesn't exist. BTW...Democrat, doesn't have an E at the end of it. * http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bret-baier-factchecks-new-obama-book-no-fox-host-h
JR April 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Sorry, the link above didn't contain the rebuttal link http://youtu.be/astY6xIKJuA
TP April 08, 2012 at 06:03 AM
A. The entire Doocy comment was not played. B. The comments by Hannity were all facts so what's the big deal. No one is supposed to mention all the muslim pandering and the American apology tour. Not to mention bowing to the Saudi King and now assisting the Muslim Brotherhood into power in Egypt, funneling 1.5 BILLION of our tax dollars to them and meeting with them in the White House (I'm sure there just a peace loving bunch). That was only the tip of the iceberg. As I said you as well as his other followers will suffer along with the rest of us if he's re-elected. Let me know if you find anymore typos.
Rick Molinia April 08, 2012 at 10:47 AM
anyone notice a GOOD QUALITY DOCTOR post a sign up saying " beginning April 1st, our office will only be accepting CASH or Debit."... i'd like every1 to have what they were promised, as well as each American who cannot afford to fix an important medical issue -Get some help.. but sadly nothing in in obama's plan helps a majority of people.... and dont knock FOX NEWS Brother... Your watching Commentary programs, so your gonna hear sum1's opinion...(atleast they always have 2 sides to argue it) i and @ 3pm & 7pm is an actual News program with Shepard Smith if u just want facts... if u were really "COOL" you would always watch RED EYE @ 3am!!! Take Care & Spike ya Hair haters
TP April 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
@Rick Molinia :)
JR April 09, 2012 at 12:21 AM
The entire Doocey comment made no change in the comment. Hannity tells so many lies in his show, it's impossible to keep count. As far as bowing to foreign leaders, why don't you google it and you will see both eisenhower and nixon bowing to foreign leaders? But that would get in the way of your slanted narrative, wouldn't it? Want a link to BOTH bush's holding hands with the saudi King? With Egypt, I suppose you would have preffered another US war in the middle east, with us invading egypt this time? Mubarek was going down either way, along with other dictators in the middle east, this one just happened to be an ally. Oppose the arab awakening and the US would make even MORE enemies there than bush has made. But then again, war is your first choice of response, correct? Your biggest canard is the obama apology tour. Show me ONE speech where Obama used the word "apologize" in reference to America? this stems from a BS carl rove article from 2009 voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/.../obamas_apology_tour.ht You republicans can't stand it that Obama has made us less hated in the rest of the world.
TP April 09, 2012 at 03:31 AM
TP April 09, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Gavin Rozzi April 11, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Bob, you're just regurgitating the typical bleeding heart liberal rhetoric. If anything is "medicare killing" it's the mess of healthcare legislation that Obama and friends rushed through. How do you really expect us to pay for this system. Wait, I know already. "Tax the rich!" Sure, that's a great idea, let's see how these policies work out.. Obamacare... Don't get sick ! This article is hypocrisy at its finest.
ted.dobracki April 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The recently passed social security payroll tax cut extension is a disaster. It was a bad idea to start with in December 2010 when Pelosi, Reid and Obama rammed it through during the lame duck seesion, and it is again after Boehner's concurrence! If the "160 million" working people who are getting this tax cut don't pay it, who do the politicians think will pay for SS? The unemployed? Students? Those on welfare? The disabled? Students?
Bob G read something April 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I just read some of these comments. Griffiths you are in la la land. You quote a book that was mentioned by another poster and you forget that 95% of the book is about the reform of medicare, Social Security and the IRS then and only after the reform does David Walker advocate for tax CHANGE NOT REVENUE RAISING. CHANGE THE TAX CODE AND REFORM ENTITLEMENTS first. You and your liberal leftist don't like that part of the book so like every thing else you take it out of context. You did not read the Ryan budget just the liberal propaganda about it. It does not kill any program. It protects those on the programs now and decelerates the growth of these entitlement programs. Again you are a propaganda spewer nothing more. Wake up we can not collect enough taxes to catch up to the growing deficit. Spending has to be reformed before taxes are raised.
Bob G read something April 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Tax the rich ok Griffiths lets see the facts not the BS you spew: White house says 22,000 make more than 1 mil other sources say 100,000 make more than 1 mil Politco says 225,000 make more than 1 mil So lets take 1 million from each of these White House number 22 bil Others number 100 bil politico number 225 bil at 2pm today the debt number for last month was released it was 200 billion. Taking a milliion from the highest number of earners of one million covers one month of our national debt. Our debt has increase 792 billion from 10/11 to 3/12(real numbers, facts not liberal propaganda) Our total debt is: 15.6 TRILLION . You can not collect enough taxes to pay that. Spending has to be cut. Liberal politicians dont have a solution so they play bait and switch and say certain people make to much and they dont pay enough to those that do not make as much. They put up smoke screens and make the electorate think they have solutions. I dont think that people making 1 million are going to limit the opportunities my children have. You know what is going to limit there opportunities 15.6 trillion in debt and counting! and by the way Fiscal Responsibility aside, isnt it nice that we are becoming China's B****** .
Kathie Bottazzi April 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Anyone who hasn't figured it out by now will obviously never figure it out, as agendas or partisan babble are more important than people, as is wildlife, etc. I plan on using my energy to help change the NJ Sex Offender Laws. Pediphiles, if i dare say. Tier 3s who are the worst offenders, have offended multiple times, and have been statistically proven to repeat their sick practices. However, in the State of NJ their rights are more important than the children they victimize. They are allowed to live near bus stops and schools or anywhere else for that matter, just let them know your here. The police force is only allowed to leave a notice at your door, stating that a Tier3 offender has moved in..no other information. I'm not talking about some 18-25 year old that was smitten with a teenagers charm (Tier 1) Real offenders, but they go to rehab and are called sick and can't be helped, you think. Move the sick one's to your neighborhood. Don't sell drugs by a school though, don't bring a gun near a school or anywhere else for that matter. Drop your gun at McDonald's that you may need to protect your family. Trade it in for a happy meal. Too many guns too, I'm sure the guy holding up the place came for a happy meal too..or maybe he shot the clerk and took the guns and the happy meals. Blah, Blah, Blah. Check out FL law on the subject..hint hint
Bob G read something April 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Were is Bob. I guess when fact quoting time comes he disappears. Here is a profile of a million dollar earner: Small business owner with approx 10 to 20 employees Payroll of approx 550 to 750 thousand not including his income( he pays payroll tax on this) and since these employees are productive citizens are taxpayers his business and payroll allows the government to collect their taxes. No business no payroll no taxes to collect. Provides heath ins for approx 5-8 full time employees at approx 65,000 per year Pays into SSI for his employees and into unemployment ins fund(last time I checked this was a tax) Pays on his 1 million in income an average marginal tax rate of 21 percent If his deductions are too high winds up pay AMT which is a higher tax Pays 15 percent on any capital gains from investments Pays 15 percent on qualified dividends he earns In NJ pays apprx 12,000 per year in property taxes Pays corporate taxes depending how his business is structured. ..... Depending on the type of business he or she can be subject to a multitude of other annoying taxes and fees. Now lets take a close look at things. 47 percent of the population pays NO taxes to the Federal government and citizens that collect some type of entitlement is approaching 50 percent of the population. Of this 50 percent who knows how many really cant make a living and how many just dont want to. Yeah but the guy or gal making 1 mil creating jobs needs to pay more. Get real.
Kathie Bottazzi April 12, 2012 at 06:21 PM
"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future" - Franklin D Roosevelt "We can afford all that we need; but cannot afford all that we want" - Franklin D Roosevelt
Gerard Gibson April 12, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Mr. Griffiths, I am a 36 year old, Hispanic male. People that think like you believe that people like me must believe what you do also. So let me tell you what "I" believe without any "outside" interference... 1) I believe that people that have worked their entire life paying into a "broken" system should have no change to the status quo. 2) I believe that "forcing" me and my generation to continue paying into a broken system is ridiculous. 3) Allow me to "Opt Out" of said broken system and put "MY OWN MONEY" to work for my own future. 4) I've been paying into this system since I was 16 years old. That's 20 years. Everything I have paid into it so far... KEEP IT!!! Just let me out now!
bob migliaccio April 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Same old tired democratic talking point. I remember as a kid listening to my dad and uncles argue the same issue--republicans are going to starve the elderly and children--take away your SS-bla bla bla.. Democrats are cowards--they know these programs are in trouble yet do nothing in order to keep the voting base. That is so much worse than anything Ryan has proposed...
lacey taxpayer April 17, 2012 at 06:45 AM
@ tp just because someone states an opposing viewpoint that doesnt automatically make them a "liar" and "plain dumb" . isnt "tp" actually tim o connor who was banned from the patch for constantly using personal insults and racial comments? as for ferad gibson you can always opt out just don't collect your social security when you retire. very easy to do
lacey taxpayer April 17, 2012 at 06:48 AM
and jr you are correct . hannity is the worst there is on tv. this week alone he had sarah palin as co host. all those conservatives who claim to be so smart actually voted for someone who had to write "lower taxes" on the palm of her hand. so you can see where theyre all coming from.
bob migliaccio April 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
No Lacey Taxpayer--we cannot "opt out" of SS--and to say he could choose not to collect what he was forced to put in is not being serious. How about letting us invest ourmoney the way we wish--it is our money-correct?
lacey taxpayer April 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
bob people have been paying into social security for decades .and the many people who did are counting on social security to be paid into by those who will collect it later. ss is secure until 2036. until then and we have a better answer this is it. just because you don't feel like it anymore doesnt mean you can stop paying social security. you know what i pay almost half my paycheck in taxes every week. i,m tired of doing that too. i,m simply not going to pay taxes anymore . lets see how that works out for me and since you think its a novel idea why don't you refuse to pay all taxes as well.? its time for you to put the grown up pants on and stop tearing away at the basics millions of seniors and disabled count on to survive.
lacey taxpayer April 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM
and by bob i mean bobby migliccio
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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