Republicans wavering on Medicare overhaul plan
May 1st, 2011
01:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Republicans wavering on Medicare overhaul plan

Washington (CNN) - A leading House conservative on Sunday qualified her support for a Republican budget proposal that would overhaul Medicare, saying she was concerned it could hurt senior citizens.

The comments by Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite from Minnesota, showed the impact of public opposition to the Medicare provision of the budget plan that also calls for deep non-military spending cuts and reforming the tax code to lower rates while eliminating loopholes.


Filed under: Budget • Congress • Medicare • Republicans
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. TB

    Aw, come on Michelle, you need to grow a spine! Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are "socialism," and socialism is "EVIL" You need to stand by your convictions instead of just playing politics. I want to hear you come out, denounce these programs as "socialism," and call for them to be abolished. I DARE you!

    May 1, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    The goal is to find the right solution that makes Medicare a viable and affordable program in the long-term, Bachmann said, adding: "How we get there is open to discussion."
    Here is the main difference between Republicans and the current Washington Democrats. Republicans are driven by intentions to fix what is not working in the federal government. Democrats are driven by politics. As we can all see by the results from their first two years of big programs, they don't care one bit about results. Fixing is not their strong suit. Political games is.

    May 1, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. fayse

    Paul Ryans budget plan has created heated discussions at the town hall meeting for Republicans. His plan destroys Medicare for those 55 and younger. He makes the Bush tax cuts permanent for everyone including the wealthiest Americans He cuts the Corporate tax to 25% and he does not touch the Department of Defense. In my humble opinion, he is starting at the wrong end. The Republicans say that we don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Well, we have both. Congress loves to say that this President spends too much but, according to the way Government works, the House presents the budget and passed they then send it to the Senate if the budet is passed it is then sent to the President. So, it looks to me as if ALL are involved, everything else is just "fluff" and talking points for the opposition. The Republicans are counting on the hope that most Americicans will just believe what ever lies and half truths that they put out.

    May 1, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Medicare, and Social Security, have faced this same problem before, and the solution was to raise withholding rates slightly, and raise retirement age, slowly.

    The problem is stated as, people spend more time in retirement. If you usually take a two week vacation each year, and this year you plan to take two and a half weeks, you would put more money aside for the extra time. Americans can't expect to spend more time in retirement without doing the same: pay more while working.

    Repugs will tell you that you can have it all, and low taxes as well. W was going to continue to pay down the debt, fix Social Security and Medicare, and cut taxes. One out of three ain't good.

    May 1, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    "Seniors are saying, 'Look, I'm not in a position to be able to handle that.' I also share that real fear. That's why I put the asterisk out there."

    Rep. Michele Bachmann now time for you to take the next step tell the facts Obama Care is best save money and help seniors

    May 1, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. MAC

    We need to cut 7.5 billion from the 10 year budget just to still have our current deficit. Everything is going to have to be cut or reformed including medicare/medicaid, social security, and defense. Seniors now a days gt more money from medicare and socialsecurity than they put in the system. Sorry but with all the seniors at the casinos playing slots, cards, and other forms of gambling no one can hardly feel sorry for them.

    May 1, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. MacNfries

    Of course Republicans are waivering on cuts to Medicare now. It was never about Medicare, it was about being re-elected, and Republicans are finding that even though capitalisitc corporations & millionaires put them IN office with their BIG MONEY contributions, its the popular vote of the American citizens that will vote them out. This is where the rubber meets the road. The wealthy & the corporations have no need for entitlement programs, and the Republicans are stupid enough to buy in to their bribes for power.
    All Americans want is a FAIR system. Republicans cater to their large corporations & wealthy to support them. That's why every idea for repairing our economy exempts these groups from sharing the cost. That's ok, Republicans, come 2012 elections the REAL taxpayers will remind you who pays your bills, and I have a feeling it will be another 12-18 years before you have another chance at controling Congress & the Presidency.

    May 1, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    It's not a "medicare overhaul plan." It's a plan to destroy Medicare. The Republicans have hated it since inception. They'll go after Social Security next, another hate of theirs. I guess, according to them, if you're not rich when you reach retirement age, you can just drop dead as far as they're concernd. Lovely. Was Congressman Alan Grayson so far off with their health care plan, after all? Looks more to me that he was spot on.

    May 1, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. BeanerECMO

    Ya knew that was going to happen. The republicants (sic) are so spineless.

    May 1, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Name king

    Dah, since you repugs took office in January, all you guys is take money from the spenders hands, cover for big oil, and threatened to distroy the global economy with not raising the debt ceiling. Then you wonder why every one is jumping ship where the dollar is concerned, sending the dollar plunging and slowing Down the economy growth. You guys are really serious when you make a vow to make Obama a one term president, even to go as far as sabotaging the economy to get that accomplished.

    May 1, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    THEY ALL VOTED FOR IT. And we won't forget. Many senior groups in my area are switching to Independent or Democrat as we speak. The republicans just prove over and over and over that they care nothing about the U.S. All they care about are their wealthy contributors.

    May 1, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |

    The entire GOP house except 4 members, voted for the GOP 2012 budget. In fact it now sits in the senate, waiting for a vote. Which destroys medicare as we know it. They own the bill!

    May 1, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Common Sense

    Who really cares what Michelle says...the more she speaks the more stupid she becomes! Can't see how people actually voted for her???

    May 1, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |