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. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    I agree Debbie. But I like Alan Grayson's description of what a republican healthcare proposal will be: DIE QUICKLY!!!

    April 14, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. REG in AZ

    It is justified to commend the Tea Party movement for pushing for deficit reduction, cutting government spending and advocating financial responsibility. However, reality dictates that taking it to the extreme can actually reverse the recovery, be ineffective (even costing more) and then simply serve the interests of only the few. The ultra-conservatives who initiated, finance and control the movement are aggressively focused on selling, rationalizing and manipulating to achieve their interests without concern for anything else – this is totally obvious in what they seek to protect, what they strive to achieve and in the subterfuge they offer to con the people. As with most everything, moderation and a centrist position is likely the real best for the majority and is far more realistic. It is up to the people to see through the self-interests and to demand responsible and honest concentration on what is best for the majority.

    April 14, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is that the sound of the Democratic Calvary I hear??
    At long last the Democrats are rallying together.

    April 14, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Tom

    This is fear mongering of the worst sort. But it is typical of this woman.

    April 14, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    It will also be a payday for the rich if the cut from 35% to 25% for taxes on the top 5% goes through. What are these republicans thinking? Certainly not about Americans other then business, corporations and the rich!

    April 14, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Ryche

    Of course she stands by the statement.. She's a blowhard democrat that has to use hyperbole to distract from the real conversation... I just love the democrats stragety of trying to convince the world that republicans are heartless... its the last line they have to use.. since the race card has been played out so much, this is the only thing they have... Replubicans are no more heartless than democrats... its just that republicans are they only ones who realize the dangers we face if we dont reign in some of this spending... Dems prefer the ostrich approach... Now who's playing in "fear politics".. ? Hypocrites... All of them..

    April 14, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Seniors should go out and get a job so they can pay cash for a private nurse and a doctor on retainer just like the chosen people do. (sarcasm mode off)

    There will be no change in the way access to health care is determined until employers stop providing health insurance as a benefit. When that happens, we will join the rest of the First World and put the lone ranger image of ourselves to sleep once and for all.

    April 14, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Ryan's proposals simply demonstrate that he has zero consideration for the elderly in this country. His parents should disown him.

    April 14, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. terdy, va

    Vouchers for all even though they won't amount to a dent in costs. GOP's version of death panels presented to you by Eddie Munster Ryan

    April 14, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. rusty155

    I don't like Paul Ryan plan ,I think It take from the Middle Class , the Poor and the OLD and turn right around and give It to the Rich . This plan Is attack on the three lower Class of people and making the Rich even Richer. There Is no way this plan Is even chose to being FAIR.

    April 14, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Billy Joel

    Republicans would remove their own mothers from nursing homes if it promoted their extremist economic politics. And so many of them claim to be Christians. Lordeeeee!

    April 14, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Adalbert

    She is correct.

    April 14, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    It will also be a payday for the rich if the cut from 35% to 25% for taxes on the top 5% goes through. What are these republicans thinking?
    The Republicans are doing what is necessary to bring our economy up and unemployment down. Watch and learn.

    April 14, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. terdy, va

    Contrary to GOP's talking points we do have a revenue problem. Relatively speaking, taxes are at their lowest since the 50s. All the GOP ever wants to talk about is reigning in spending while giving breaks only to the wealthy and their big corporate buddies!!! Revenue gains AND expense reductions are needed to balance the budget. Lower class, middle class, and seniors should not be the only ones shouldering the burden.

    April 14, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Bill in Ga

    I just want to go on record that I want old people to eat dog food as well...

    How can ANY of you take this women seriously??

    April 14, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. gt

    this goof ball is laughable.....come on debbie... the voters are sick to death of stupid sound bites ... help fix the problem... the democrats are doom with her leading the democrats....

    April 14, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    This is called Tea party socialism take the wealth from poor and middle class give to top 2 %

    April 14, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. terdy, va

    The Republicans are doing what is necessary to bring our economy up and unemployment down. Watch and learn.

    We've watched the GOP plan in the past and learned that they don't work. How'd those Bush tax cuts work for unemployment? Yup you're getting trickled down on...

    April 14, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    "Death trap." Nah. Go ahead say it, Mrs. Wasserman. (You Married?) Say it the same way they did. Seniors would face the "Death Panels" of the private insurance industry.

    If you follow the conservative rhetoric to its' most desireable outcome, Health Care Reform would be repealed. That would mean a return to the days of insurance companies dropping people for pre-existing conditions. Dropping people because they have used up their benefit. Claiming some types of essential care are not covered.

    Tell them. Medicare was created because of the private insurance industry. They didn't want to cover our seniors because they cost the most to cover. They lost money on seniors. Well, they wouldn't lose money if they didn't pay themselves so well.

    April 14, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. rob

    Its official, the leader of the Democrat National Comimittee who is the leading voice for electing Dems is calling Republicans KILLERS. This dispicable women was front and center denouncing the tone used by Republicans that was in her warped view responsible for the Arizona shootings with NO EVIDENCE to support the claim.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be denounced by her party and fired as the head of the DNC

    April 14, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    I know how House Republicans can cut spending and save money,.. first you give up your government health coverage,.. and buy your own,.. then you give up all the perks that come with your office, you must have served at least 3 terms before you get a company taxpayer pension...and you start collecting your government pension at 75,.. not 65,.. you do that ,.. then you can talk to me.

    April 14, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Rick in OP

    It is bad enough we have to endure Wasserman Schultz's whining here in Florida. Now we have to see face plastered all over the national media?

    April 14, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I read all the right wing comments on how goofy this woman is but not one of them has demonstarted a flaw in her reasoning nor successfully attacked her facts. Of course, when you present facts to the right wing they react like Dracula to a crucifix!

    Pass the garlic, please..........!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    You go Girl!

    A monlogue between Wasserman-Schulz and the 2 GOP vacuous vaginas would NOT last 15 minutes. She would bop 'em both off the stage!

    Now, if only the interview could take place in a mud pit...

    April 14, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    wouldn't this be a good time for Sarah Palin to come out and talk about REAL death panels? U betcha!

    April 14, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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