GOP on defensive over Medicare after special election loss
May 25th, 2011
12:29 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP on defensive over Medicare after special election loss

Washington (CNN) - Has the Republican Medicare plan undermined the GOP's 2012 election hopes?

Republicans say no. They hope voters will reward them for taking on a tough issue. But Democrats say yes, and now they're pointing to the surprising results of a special election in western New York to back their claim.


Filed under: 2012 • Medicare • NY-26
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. DVoice12

    'The Great Democratic Welfare Society Ends<<< You mean the GOP ends the middle class and their will be the very rich and the very poor. You're either very stupid or naive, or maby both. Before your Bush II we had surpluses and then he gave tax cuts to the rich, doubled govt and spending. The GOP is to blame for this mess and now they want the middle class to pay the bill, screw that, we need to back to tax rates prior to Bush, anything prior to Bush would be nice. BTW, the GOP has made it clear they are waging a war again the middle class and you will lose.

    May 25, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Jay

    This election does not prove anything about American's opinion of medicare. The conservative vote was split between two candidates, which let the Democrat win. If you look at the numbers, over 50% of the voters voted for a conservative candidate. The Democrats backed their way into office on this one-which is unfortunate.

    May 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. rob

    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%. The media and the Democrat party hope that the American people are stupid. They think its still 20 years ago when we didn't have alternative sources for news. They cannot get away with slanting the news by omitting half if it. Now, with the issues so consequential to the future of our very existance, people are more informed than ever. The OLD LIBERAL media monopoly is finished.....RIP

    Nov. 2012 can't come fast enough.

    May 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Let's look at Republican proposals for Seniors over the past decade – change Social Security from a "defined benefit" program to an "investment program" as proposed by the same people who tanked most of the retirement funds they ran (but came out with millions in personal profit); change Medicare from a Government Paid program to a "voucher" program where seniors would have to buy into a market that will gouge them due to age and/or pre-existing conditions. Of course, they would have to come up with the difference for the latter from those same failed investment programs the Repubs want instead of Social Security.
    Frankly, while I don't care if I can get the same retirement package that Congress gets (one term and you are eligible), what I do not understand is why I, a veteran, am not eligible for the same medical care package that they get – especially the Republicans who were "too busy" to serve.

    May 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. floridagator

    Ashame you got it wrong. Yes, Medicare obviously need some fix, but NOT ELIMINATED which is basically Rep Ryan idea, and all GOP backed. How come you gonna cut medicare benefits for the elders and at the same time eliminate taxes for the billionaries.

    May 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas Forever

    so we live in the best and richest country in the world yet the GOP wants to tell us we can't afford to take care of not only our senior citizens but lower income folks as well. Sorry but it's not going to fly. This is the same GOP that tried to use the HC plan saying the Dems wanted to cut Medicare for voters to attack the Democrats. What a crooked web we weave once we practice to deceive.

    May 25, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Nick

    I think we should make all of congress live together on one property and film a reality show! All the profits will go to infrastructure and our debt.. problem solved!

    May 25, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. AEK

    Let the Republican lying begin! Before long, with the money from the Koch brothers and the rest of the monied right wing, their lower middle class base will support their outrageous spin.

    May 25, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. BlackPanthers2020

    What the republicans problem is that they are telling the masses that there is no other way to fix our economy ( flat out lie ) if the government is not taking in enough revenue then the only way to solve this is to cut spending and raise taxes for all . Simplify the tax code , eliminate tax breaks for anyone earning 250.000.00 or more , eliminate tax loop holes for companies that continually move jobs out of the country , give tax breaks only to small businesses , the poor , elderly and middle-class . We simply cannot allow companies to pull in billions of dollars and not pay taxes ( republicans love this ) . Bottom line it's really easy to eliminate our fianacial woes , it may be a little painful but it can be done by raising taxes and doing some cuttting of programs that won't put grandma and grandpa out in the street like republicans want to do .....if you want to help save our country vote democrat and put theses nasty-heartless republicans out of Washington .

    May 25, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Freddy

    Ask the GTOP, if this local election was so devoid of national meaning, why did Cantor and Boehner go up there to campaign? Why did right wing committees pour so much money into this election?

    May 25, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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