Clinton: NY win is no excuse on Medicare
May 25th, 2011
03:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: NY win is no excuse on Medicare

Washington (CNNMoney) - Bill Clinton had a word of warning on Wednesday for fellow Democrats: Don't get too cocky about voters' rejection of Paul Ryan's Medicare plan.

In a special election for a vacant House seat on Tuesday, a Democrat candidate upset a Republican in a GOP-stronghold in upstate New York.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • • Medicare • NY-26
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Why not feel 'cocky' as you put it? It makes the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot. True, eventually they will catch on, but not yet. They have already doubled down on dumb by continuing and defending the Plan. Just beware that there only sensible spin is to claim that it was a "starting point" for budget negotiations, which we know is a lie. Their plan met every definition of their long held objectives. Eliminate entitlements by first privatizing them, and then defunding them by asking the question, "Why are we paying for this when people should pay for it themselves?"

    May 25, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Better listen to Bubba. He KNOWS what he's talking about. Still has knives in his back left there by Newtered.

    May 25, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Indiana Voter

    The Democrat won with only 47% of the vote. Clearly the third party candidate had a huge factor, and I am also sure that Clinton knows this as that is how he was elected. Democrats can cheer all they want, but if it were a one on one match up, it would have come out differently. Most Democrats are too stupid to realize this however, as they will still vote for slogans over substance. How's that hope and change think working out Dems?

    May 25, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Bill Clinton is correct to emphasize that the winning message on the Medicare issue is going to be clearly communicating the idea that costs need to be controlled is some way. The current runaway greenhouse of Medicare costs cannot continue.

    I think a good starting point might be the Medicare Prescription Drug Program. Another whiz bang, cost saving, economy stimulating piece of legislation from the adminstration of Bush 43. We do not need insurance companies taking a cut of what we pay for prescriptions. We do not need executives pulling down 6, 7, 8 digit salaries on the backs of taxpayers. The Drug Program is the single largest contributing factor to the runaway costs of Medicare.

    May 25, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Name

    Yes we should feel cocky about this attack Medicare and how it was rejected!

    May 25, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    The Democrats aren't going to be able to run bogus third candidates in every election to steal seats like this. People will be out in force come November 2012 to remove Obama and the rest of his progressive lackeys. All this baloney about this seat reminds me of all the BS the Democrats were throwing before the 2010 election. They were going to keep control of the House and on and on. Then get their head handed to them. Please DO keep thinking you're going to win with lies and scaring seniors and everybody else. Obama's approval numbers show you are NOT winning that battle. His mismanagement of the economy and Obamacare will send him packing, along with a lot of other Democrats.

    May 25, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. steph in TX

    My thoughts exactly. Take nothing for granted, Dems. They will pull the rug out from under you in a heartbeat!

    May 25, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    President Clinton is right, but the party of hell no except for the rich (and the three democrats) can't change their votes and we will remember who was trying to send that "empowered" (according to mitchell) grandma to an early death due to lack of good medicine and what is NOT an entitlement if you have worked all your life and want to retire, social security!!
    No way they can spin killing grandma with no medicare into "empowering" grandma because she "now would have a choice" you do have to give he rethugs a D for trying though!!!

    May 25, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. gt

    oh why wasnt your wife our president,,,,,as usual your right.... chest thumping will turn to thumb sucking in a heart we need to save medicare and social security.. before its to late...

    May 25, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Me

    Oh Democratic Party! Listen to Bill. Heed the words of Slick Willie. For he knows of what he speaks. Work hard for every vote AND TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED

    May 25, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. FM

    Who is writing such English?? The heading reads: "NY WIN IS NO EXCUSE ON MEDICARE"
    You don't excuse yourself when things go right/positive (win). You excuse yourself when things go wrong or as not anticipated (lose)!

    May 25, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |

    remember the november 2010 election........was that a vote away from obamacare works both ways

    man, they win one seat but forget they lost the house 6 months ago..........i think the media blows this stuff way out of control....I know Maddow picked up this story and to her the entire GOP world is crashing down........however, when scott brown took the old teddy K seat......she / the liberal media just brushed it it just me or is the liberal media just grasping for any ray of light? anyone? anyone?

    how is that gulf coast thing going with the oil? how may wars are we up to? blame bush if you want but the saber rattling continues? 8% unemployment is years away? how is that wind mill of the front of your car working out for ya?
    green jobs? gas price? healthcare cost / food cost you know inflation thing? i know i know, its bush fault, or better yet is the republicans fault less they do not control CONgress.....but the liberal finger pointing continues as they be cowards

    May 25, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. ABM

    Very true. They have to grow a spine and avoid wimping out when the GOP act like little babies.

    May 25, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. gt

    how fitting the sign behind the president.."fiscal summit solutions.".. bet there werent many current politians from either party there.....

    May 25, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Anthony

    What Clinton is saying is that we need to deal with the rising costs of Medicare, which increase as the costs of medical care rise. The Ryan plan does not deal with the rising costs of medical care; it only limits the exposure of the federal government to the rising costs of medical care, because under the Ryan plan Medicare would only pay a fixed amount (up to the voucher amount). The Ryan plan converts Medicare into a voucher program in 2022 for people who are under 55 in 2012. They would not get a choice to stay in Medicare in its current form, which would cease to exist.

    May 25, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |

    Bill Clinton is right! Here's the hard core truth. There is only two ways to stabilize entitlements. Either make drastic cuts, or raise the amount of money that we all pay into these programs. If the government decided to raise the money we pay into S.S., and Medicare, by 10 dollars, 10 more bucks into Med, 10 more into S.S.....We would probably make these entitlements solvent......
    Just to let you know 10 dollars is just an example. It could be more or less. Or we could do a combo of cuts, and taxes.
    Bill Clinton is right, and I can bet that the Whitehouse is thinking the same thing......
    This will happen in 2013.

    May 25, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The only reason the Dem won is the fake Tea Party candidate who drew about 12% of the vote away from the Republican who lost by about 5%."

    Rob, you do realize, don't you, that the fake Tea Party candidate you speak of already had 3 previous campaign attempts behind him in which all three attempts were made as a Democrat? Hard to say who he took votes from . . . but unlikely that as a previous Democrat, he took enough votes away from a tried and true Republican to cause her substantial loss to a Democrat. Taking into consideration that the man who HAD won in November 2010 (and has since resigned) was also a Republican who had won his election by 72% of the vote, this is a fairly big loss for GOPers. But, do continue to excuse the loss ... it'll make it so much easier for more Dems to win come 2012.

    May 25, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |