A Sheen-backed Democratic message
March 26th, 2012
12:38 PM ET
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A Sheen-backed Democratic message

(CNN) – The latest assault on the Republican budget came courtesy of Martin Sheen in a new video from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee asking Americans to stand against plans to "end Medicare."

Sheen, perhaps best known for his role as President Josiah Bartlet on "The West Wing," talked of his American ideals in the nearly 2-minute long video, armed with the consistent charges made by Democrats throughout the Medicare debate.

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"It's time to speak out, tell Republicans in Congress that Americans work their whole lives and kept their commitments. We expect Republicans to do the same," Sheen said from a dark room. "Tell them to keep their hands off Medicare and tell them in our America, the cynics and fear mongers, the ones who break a sacred promise simply to reward the wealthy don't get the final word. No, no, you do."

The House is scheduled to take up the Republican budget this week, which includes plans to transform Medicare into a system in which the government subsidizes purchases of health insurance within the private market instead of paying medical bills directly.

Republicans argue the reforms are necessary to curb costs and address the budget deficit, while Democrats say the changes will negatively impact vital national programs.

Andrea Bozek, a spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee, used a West Wing reference to respond to the DCCC video.

"The President Bartlett Americans remember would never have signed a law that cuts $500 million from Medicare and empowers 15 unelected bureaucrats to make decision that could deny seniors' access to care," Bozek said, referencing the national health care law.

The video comes on the same day the Supreme Court is expected to hear a challenge to the national health care law, passed through Congress and signed by President Barack Obama two years ago.


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Marc S

    So tired of the Right Wingnuts looking for any reason to blame everyone else. If Ryan's budget actually finds a way to happen the same Republican idiots will blame President Obama when their vouchers only pay for a small portion and their full Medicare coverage ceases to exist. This isn't about civil liberties. This isn't about Socialism. This isn't about religon. This is about the right demanding less taxes for their "job creating" wealthy supporters. Trickle down, tax cuts to the wealthy, 2 wars, and deregulating republican policies brought us here. Tax the 1% proportionally, end outsourcing benefits, and try bringing this country together instead of tearing it apart with evil doomsday rhetoric.
    What does it say when you go to a gun range and a little old lady tells a Republical candidate to concentrate by thinking you are shooting at Obama...

    March 26, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Truth is a dummy

    ...so truth, everyone less than 55 will just have to die, then? A voucher plan will not work. They will give you $500. for your heart surgery. Good luck with that, because without the AHA, the ins. companies will just drop you!

    March 26, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "Prescott's spawns are a plague on society with their crusader message of a NEW WORLD ORDER."
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    PLEASE don't say you take all of that "illuminati", "freemasonry", "bohemian grove", "prince Charles is the anti-christ" conspiracy theory junk that Art Bell plays on late night AM radio seriously, do you? Seriously????

    March 26, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    ""The President Bartlett Americans remember would never have signed a law that cuts $500 million from Medicare and empowers 15 unelected bureaucrats to make decision that could deny seniors' access to care," Bozek said, referencing the national health care law."

    Ryan's Pathology of Plutocracy budget contains the EXACT SAME $500 illion in "cuts" to Medicare and the GOP voted almost unanimously for it. Stop helping the GOP/Teatrolls commit high hypocrisy by failing to show any journalistic integrity whatsoever, CNN. As it is, the "cuts" aren't really "cuts," but are cost savings measures that seek to reduce fraud and overpayment in terms of payment to providers and will not in any way effect benefits to Medicare recipients. These "cuts," in fact, only become cust if the savings is found through reduction of fraud, overpayments and provider reimbursement rates. They do not change the availability of services or the benefits to recipients. SO...not only are the GOPers/Teatrolls being hypocrites for criticizing something they supported in their own budget proposal, but they are also flat out lying by mischaracterizing these "cuts" in the first place. Kudos to CNN for not informing the public about it.

    March 26, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    What does the Ryan Plan really consist of? Nothing. What do we get in terms of care and benefits that make it a substanitally better program for those that will be forced into it? No one can say. Will it lower the cost of the procedures that will wipe out the $6,000 voucher/coupon that will be thrown our way? Nope, not at all. Does it take into account that healthcare costs vary from state to state? Nope, no explanation of how portability will bring it down, and no examples of where it has been implemented on a trial basis, and what the conditions of that trial are. Nope, as usual, a lot of personal attacks, scare tactics, and a complete absence of proof is what the righties have. Yawn. Screaming about lack of plans, dishonesty and being lazy don't make up for the fact that this is yet another Objectivist wet dream, where the " savings" will be flung towards the plutocrats to give them even more tax cuts and even less oversight over their activities. Boy, I guess being told by a billionarie what to do makes the righties feel free, eh?

    March 26, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Meanwhile, in the real world Paul Ryan and the Republican House have developed a plan to actually save Medicare."
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    Meanwhile, in the real world Paul Ryan and the Republican House have developed a plan to actually REPEAL AND REPLACE Medicare.

    FIFY.

    If it's not the same thing, it's not the same thing...and calling it the same thing doesn't change that. The attenuation of assistance and benefits via the Pathology of Plutocracy and Ryan's CouponCare Crapshoot would very quickly find us in the same problem Medicare was designed to solve: the elderly and disabled not being able to independenlty afford health care coverage and necessary medical services. It's not arguable. You either accept that as fact or you're in denial of the clear and obvious math.

    March 26, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Fair, your boys take the birther nonsense to heart, so are you surprised others have conspiracy theories as well?

    March 26, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - When people pay into a system for their entire life, why do republicans call it an 'entitlement' and want to take it away?
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    But you are getting 3 times what you paid in to the system. Will you accept only getting back what you paid in? If not then the two thirds you are getting that you did not pay for is an entitlement that somebody else is paying for, namely future generations. Please STOP bankrupting the kids to pay for YOUR entitlement.

    March 26, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Ozzie

    Thank you, Martin. Does anyone think that the U.S. Bishops will challenge Catholic Paul Ryan's immoral budget? Will the Bishops ever challenge a Republican? Their silence and timidity is further proof that the U.S. Bishops are an arm of the Republican Party. They will do all in their power not to make President Obama look good, or any Republican look bad. The moral credibility of the U.S. Bishops is irreparably damaged.

    March 26, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    @ Tom Paine –

    Yeah, well I call them out on it when they spew their idiocy as well.

    March 26, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    The Real Tom Paine
    What does the Ryan Plan really consist of? Nothing. What do we get in terms of care and benefits that make it a substanitally better program for those that will be forced into it? No one can say. Will it lower the cost of the procedures that will wipe out the $6,000 voucher/coupon that will be thrown our way? Nope, not at all.
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    If you drive a car, shop at a grocery store, use a phone, use a computer or anything else where you are actually participating in the American economy then you know well the power for improved quality and decreased cost when competition is part of a product market. Medicare recipients right now do not have the advantage of competitive forces on the providers they choose. You are fortunate if you get top notch service and the very best technology and care. But very likely you do not. However, if you have a choice of providers and cost and service preference is a part of your decision, you will have the kind of power that increases your chance for top notch service along with the best technology and care for your medical dollar. I welcome these changes. Why have we waited so long to improve our Medicare system? America deserves better.

    March 26, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    The Real Tom Paine

    Fair, your boys take the birther nonsense to heart, so are you surprised others have conspiracy theories as well?
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    Thank you for making my point.

    March 26, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Truth is a dummy

    @ Ray E......I guess you flunked economics! WE all pay for s.s. and medicare. Don't you see the deduction on your paycheck? The 'economic' solution is for the rich to pay their fair share. What is your plan... Tax breaks for the rich and cut off grannys food money?

    March 26, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Four, the argument of choice led to the breakup of telecommunciations by government fiat: what has happened since? Slowly but surely, providers have been merging, leaving us with fewer and fewer choices. Their behavior and business logic is similar to that of Standard Oil and the old trusts: they are increasing "efficiency" at the expense of choice. Throwing the system open in the manner the Ryan Plan offers is nothing more than a gutting of the current system without providing a decent alternative. One ER visit will wipe out a medical savings account, and it still leaves us with the issue of catastrophic insurance which Ryan does ot cover. If you don't have access to the choices you reference, you are screwed, and it leaves people far more vulnerable than before. You are right that we deserve better, but Ryan's plan only works if you never get sick or are never in an accident. The voucher that Ryan talks about would not cover anyone with significant medication needs.

    March 26, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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