House GOP budget to call for dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid
April 2nd, 2011
04:11 PM ET
12 years ago

House GOP budget to call for dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will unveil a highly anticipated 2012 Republican budget next week that proposes dramatic changes to political lightning rods - entitlements.

The plan, to be released Tuesday, calls for a controversial overhaul of Medicare, the health care program for seniors, and imposes deep cuts in Medicaid, which provides health benefits to low-income Americans, according to House Republican sources with knowledge of the proposal.


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  1. jules sand-perkins

    Um-hm. Then get Obama to sign that.
    Then get another term in the House.

    April 2, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. terry,va

    I hope Ryan has a work to get your welfare in his budget. Social Security age should be raised for the kids being born now. Maybe even age 5 and under. Ryan has a good start though.

    April 2, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. DENNA

    Wow. Medicare, huh? I guess you want to be run out of town on a rail. Remember, the Tea Party "patriots" don't care about the poor, but I can bet you they are feeding at the medicare trough, just like they are collecting or expecting to collect social security. Well have at it. Good luck.

    April 2, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. CNN The Masters of Spin

    That is the ONLY hope we have as a nation; to cut all entitlements.....take care of those who cannot take care of themselves, but everyonebelse ...Get A Job! Especially the Libera Government Lyches on this blog.....they love the DMC because as long as they control.....they don't have to work! Even if Obambi wins in 2012.....that won't help you Libs because the Senate WILL be controlled by the Republicans.....all they need are 4 seats to control.....then....Glory! It will be WORK DAY for Government Takers! Even Snifit will lose his welfare check!

    April 2, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Greater Good

    Does this systematic approach send off any alarms for anyone? First, the GOP turned its back on the impoverished and the ill in the great healthcare debate (anyone recall those illustrious images of "True Americans" waving money and taunting a Parkinson's victim in a wheelchair?) This winter teachers became scapegoats in the budget battle (although chances are police officers and firefighters, because of their unions, will not escape scrutiny). Now, that Spring has arrived, Mecaid is in the crosshairs. GOP rationale: the poor already hate us, so why not start with them?

    Sounds to me a whole lot like "Economic Cleansing."

    April 2, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Kelby


    I think it's appropriate to bring back this familiar quote. "Keep your government hands off my medicare!"

    April 2, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. gord

    after reading what republicans want to cut iam convinced jesus would have been a democrat

    April 2, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. gord

    how come when ever a republican talk budget talk corperations win

    April 2, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Republicans self-destruction

    What is interesting is that the Republicans do not seem to care that they are alienating so many parts of the electorate. Now tell me how many baby boomers are going to support the Government taking away Medicare and changing Social Security from the middle class, while at the same time allowing the wealthy and big corporations to avoid paying taxes? In addition, they have passed new laws that alienates hispanics (fastest growing part of the population), gays, African-americans, the elderly and now the baby boomers. We are watching them self-destruct right in front of us, practically ensuring the Democrats will take over the House again and Obama's re-election.

    April 2, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. B

    The Republicans are going to screw themselves into the ground with this one. They are already trying to undermine Labor Unions, Teachers, Police, Nurses, Firefighters, and now the Elderly folks...

    They are asking for a battle that is going to blowup in their faces.

    April 2, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Patrick from Minnesota

    How bout this: we cut Republicans on election day next year and save the entire country a headache.

    April 2, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Tanja

    The GOP- Greed Over People party would be happy if all the working-class poor Americans would just die. Then they can continue to bring in illegal low-cost workers from South America.

    But it is OK to give $85 billion dollars a year in tax breaks (welfare) to the top 3% earners.

    April 2, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Mereze Lawson

    sounds good to me maybe those old white folks i see in the tea party crowds that think Obama is the devil will have a taste of their creation. its about time they also feel the pain working ppl feel when they push to elect GOP and they attack the middle class and wants cut everything that helps regular people. they think teachers, cops, fire-fighters and public employees make too much money and need a paycut while giving tax-breaks to millionaires and billionaires. its about time they make sacrifice too i saw the tea party retards on Capitol hill today pushing for more budget cuts well good lets cut everything medicare and medicaid as well. if i were democrats i wont fight to stop this all the while Obama and the democrats were working their asses off to save us from a depression these repubs and tea party idiots where running around spreading hate and lies and led the GOP into power. its about time they suffer the consequences of thier ill advised, ignorant and stupid actions the race to bottom has officially begun

    April 2, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. Jean-Paul Sartre

    I notice the very clear absence of any plan, small or large, to bring down the one area of spending which dwarfs the spending of Medicare and Medicaid: MILITARY SPENDING!
    Of course, this is Mr. Ryan at his very best... starve the poor, kill the sick, but buy more guns; one should understand that whatever Republican/economic credentials – human, as well – Mr. Ryan has, were received as a sycophant of Representative Senselessbrenner...
    Further, I didn’t know Mr. Ryan was capable of predicting something that will happen 10-20-30 years out, especially when he was against TARP, before he was for it and voted for it; that only took a few weeks.
    Mr. Ryan cannot even agree upon shutting the Government down on April 8, 2011, but he is going to tell us what will happen, how much money we will spend or save in 10-20-30 years.

    April 2, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  15. jerri f

    members of congress who are operating using common sense,know that the gop budget proposal is more of the same.go after programs that can do the most good.these gop'ers have no shame,but there will come a day of reckoning,and GOD will judge those who have mistreated the least of us.

    April 3, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |