HOUSE REPUBLICAN ENDORSES ‘TAKING AWAY PEOPLE’S MEDICARE’…. For months, Republicans insisted that Democrats were on the wrong track on health care reform because they sought saving through Medicare. In fact, the GOP thought they’d found a wedge — in August, RNC Chairman Michael Steele unveiled a “Seniors’ Bill of Rights” that would “protect Medicare.”
Less than a year later, Republicans’ love affair with Medicare appears to be over. House Budget Committee Ranking Member Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) created a “roadmap” a few months ago that would dismantle Medicare. Today, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who frequently addresses health care issues for his Republican caucus, appeared on Fox Business, and also took a hard-right line.
LIZ CLAMAN: …but Representative, no matter what happens we have never seen Congress have the stomach to bite the bullet and take out a machete and start cutting because they’ll hear about it from their constituents I don’t care which side of the aisle you sit on. If you take away people’s Medicare they are going to yelp and scream and may not re-elect some of you. Are you all ready to stomach that prospect?
PRICE: I am personally and many on our side of the aisle are but the American people are as well.
I have a hunch Price is wrong, but there’s really only one way to find out. Price and “many” on the Republican side of the aisle should go ahead and tell voters about their anti-Medicare platform. Let’s see if “the American people” agree that policymakers should “take away people’s Medicare.”
There’s ample evidence that Republicans are poised to have a very successful midterm election season, but it’s worth keeping in mind that Republicans also continue to give Dems plenty of arrows for their campaign quivers.