GOP Medicare Proposal
April 27, 2011 by staff
GOP Medicare Proposal, In Orlando, a meeting of Congress in the chaos broke out Monday near the audience as a Republican lawmaker accused of trying to dismantle Medicare while providing tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans.
Around the same time in Wisconsin, Rep. Paul Ryan, the architect of the proposed budget of the Republic, at a meeting of the city picnic, occasional boos, and a skeptical public while trying to make a case for his party review the health insurance program for retirees.
On the last night in Fort Lauderdale, in a meeting with constituents, Representative Allen West was greeted with boos by the year 2010.
“It’s not going to intimidate me,”West said as hundreds of fans stood up and shouted it up for him.
After 10 days of trying to sell the components of his plan to reform Medicare, the Republicans in many districts appear to be increasingly on the defensive, facing questions from worried and angry voters and a barrage of new attacks from Democrats and its allies.
The proposed new approach to Medicare – a centerpiece of a budget that Republican leaders have hailed as a valiant effort to address the nation from long-term fiscal problems – has been a constant theme in the meetings of the city in style games and other public meetings in two weeks of recess of the Congress that provided the first opportunity for lawmakers to assess the reaction to the plan.
An example of the response came yesterday as a representative of Daniel Webster, a freshman Republican from Florida, with an unruly mob in a packed town meeting in Orlando, where some attendees, apparently organized or encouraged by liberal groups, waved signs like “Hands off Medicare and instead demanded that” taxing the rich.”
Webster, shown in the video station WFTV, tried to defuse the situation by telling constituents that the changes were years away and current retirees would not see the difference.
“It is an older person is harmed by this budget,”he said, noting that his new granddaughter was” looking for a bankrupt country.”
Under the proposed Republican budget, Medicare would become a program to subsidize health coverage for retirees instead of directly Medicare coverage, a change that many Democrats say they would run the risk of leaving the elderly with inadequate health care as costs increase over time. The Republican budget also transform Medicaid, which pays for nursing homes for low-income residents in a program of grants to states, raising the possibility that states, under pressure from the budget, reduce coverage.
Democrats face political pressure to prove he can bring spending under control and curb the growth of the national debt, and there are fissures within the party over whether to back tax increases and raising the national debt ceiling without concrete measures to reduce the budget deficit.
Before the release of Ryan’s proposal, Republicans had expressed confidence the public had turned in his favor, and House leaders yesterday sought to reassure its approach to the budget Republicans finally take the whole day. Led by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Republicans held a press conference urging House members to tell voters who is the government’s plan to Obama’s spending would cost jobs and health care rationing.
Officials familiar with the call said lawmakers file base and did not seem alarmed by the response they were receiving, and Ryan told his fellow Republicans had succeeded in making the case that Medicare would go bankrupt without intervention. Ryan said he stressed to his constituents that those over 55 years and currently the existing program would still cover Medicare.
But press reports said that Ryan was faced with a mixed response from constituents as he held tense town meetings with voters, some of which were rejected by the overflow crowd. It was just another indication that the Republicans still have a big job to make the sale of its budget, especially the major components that tend to turn to the polls at higher rates than younger people.
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