Wasserman Schultz: GOP budget proposal, 'death trap for seniors'
April 14th, 2011
04:03 PM ET
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Wasserman Schultz: GOP budget proposal, 'death trap for seniors'

Washington (CNN)– Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stood by her comments that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal is a "death trap for seniors" in a CNN interview Thursday.

The incoming head of the Democratic National Committee reasoned that dramatic cuts in state funding within the GOP proposal would put seniors living in nursing homes under Medicare at risk.

"You are going to have some seniors not survive because they won't be able to either get access to a nursing home or they will get kicked out of a nursing home and they will have to make it on their own," Wasserman Schultz said Thursday on CNN's American Morning.

The GOP budget drafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would have seniors purchase private health care insurance from an insurance exchange with the government subsidizing premiums up to a limit.

Wasserman Schultz told MSNBC earlier in April that Paul Ryan's plan would be a "death trap" for seniors because it would force the elderly to pay a heightened amount for health insurance each year.

During Wednesday's address, President Obama likened the system under the GOP proposal as "a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry, with a shrinking benefit to pay for rising costs."

The president's long-term budget proposal includes limited cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Filed under: Budget • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Medicaid • Medicare
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. OC Jim

    Enough with the Fear Mongering already. DWS is just crying wolf to further her own agenda. I would love to see her just once do something that truly benefited the people of the United States instead of her own posturing.

    April 14, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    And . . . . . . this is news? The party of hell no want to give seniors and the poor that death panel that whats her face talked about.
    The rethugs only care about making more of themselve millionaires, their rich friends (contributors) and, of course, the big corporations from which they probably get a little bit of money under the table. These folks are not squeaky clean. The C street gang should be the first "organization" that needs to be looked into by the real media!!! I dare cnn to put a story together about what goes on at c street.

    April 14, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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