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. ConserFASCISTS

    BE SCARED REPUBLICANS! You brought this upon yourselves. Reep the whirlwind in 2012.

    May 25, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. gt

    lets do nothing ...everything is fine ... we have lots and lots of money....

    May 25, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. jon

    Actually, the Republicans would like to have all people over the age of 70 just DIE. That would save the government a lot of money. Do you think our government really likes to see people living into their nineties??? I don't think so. They are just a drag on the economy, from the standpoint of the "conservatives."

    May 25, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    There were no exit polls for the race so it's impossible to say for sure.
    "This is the defining moment of this generation," Walsh said.
    Local media make it clear how many people felt. They didn't want "right wing social engineering". The Gingrich comment was a disturbingly accurate in the eyes of most voters. The Republican reaction to Gingrich was even more disturbing. They showed the country just how serious they are about privatizing Medicare.

    Walsh does not realize that this the RE-defining moment for the Republican Party. It is clearly being driven over a cliff that everyone can clearly see except for those running the Republican Party. America has finally caught on to the GOTP.

    May 25, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Watch what is happening in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.

    Do you REALLY want that party running all 50 states? Making financial laws and rules? Setting our personal lives in stone according to THEIR rules?

    Just asking ............

    May 25, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Shawn

    Dear Republicans: Americans DO NOT WANT the special brand of crazy you are selling. We cherish Medicare as one of the few pillars of security in our society and we DO NOT WANT the "freedom" to work until death with no access to affordable healthcare, which is what you are proposing. Stop lying about its affordability. You can start paying for it by ENDING oil company giveaways and unsustainable tax cuts for the rich which bankrupted our economy. KEEP YOUR GREEDY, WACKO PAWS OFF OUR MEDICARE and get to work creating JOBS.

    May 25, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Republicans are going after women's rights and voter's rights as we speak. Which rights do they have to take away to get YOUR attention?

    May 25, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Lolo

    Go 26th district of New York!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shut them down

    May 25, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Stacey

    Jim DeMentia said Obama's health care plan would be his waterloo. Looks like the GOP's right-wing social engineering idea will be their waterloo!

    May 25, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. vikingslost

    All of Congress should be held in theft of government funds with draining the Social Security Trust Fund. That Social Security Trust Fund needed to be protected and Bush II was just as guilty with seriously tapping into that Trust Fund.

    One or several of us citizens of the United States should bring a federal lawsuit against Congress and Bush II for the theft of those Social Security Trust Funds.

    May 25, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    On Wednesday morning, Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released a statement arguing that the results "provide clear evidence that Senate Democrats will be able to play offense in Senate races across the country by remaining focused on the Republican effort to end Medicare."
    Gimme the ball. Gimme the Ball! Give Me The Ball.
    Before you drop it. No? Aiight, you do it. Don't drop it. I'll be watching. This is the last year on your contract.

    May 25, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    They didn't want "right wing social engineering".
    Did you ask them if they instead preferred left wing USA bankruptcy and the end of Medicare all together? because THAT is the Democrat alternative being offered? Of course, the left wing media in this country refuses to state that and therefore the Democrats can continue scaring seniors with their lies and hiding the truth, medicare is ending itself if nothing is done. The current glide path is straight DOWN an dinto the ground.

    May 25, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Thankfully Independent

    The short answer is a big "YES."

    Republican refusal to even discuss Ryan's brain fart of a Medicare Plan (just look their vicious reaction to Newt Gingrich's and Scott Brown's contrary positions) has backed them into an untenable corner and made the general voting populace very fearful. The Dems would be fools to not stop capitalizing on this.

    This issue will not go away unless the Republican make it go away themselves. The GOP must either disavow Ryan's hasty and ill-advised creation, or face a very dismal 2012 election.

    May 25, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Ashame

    Anyone who thinks we can fix our budget problems without addressing SS and Medicare is not facing reality. I am not saying Ryan's plan was perfect, but he is the first to truly try to deal with one the problems. It was a good point to start a discussion. Yet most of the Dems and Reps only care about getting reelected and do not care about fixing the actual problems. So they both run away from it screaming. This will only mean that it will not be dealt with until it is too late. I wish someone would give me the option to opt out of these programs right now. I do not care what I have already put into it. I would forgo that to allow me the ability to use the money for my retirement that best suits me.

    May 25, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    lets do nothing ...everything is fine ... we have lots and lots of money....
    tired old line. How about ending the unpaid for Bush tax cuts for starters and going back to the tax levels under your hero Ronny Ray-Gun? Ending that corporate welfare for an industry that is raking in record breaking profits? Or do nothing on the revenue side and just let grandma fend for herself with a voucher in that oh-so-ethical free market. Do the repubs hear the will of the people now? 2012.

    May 25, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE -- scaring seniors???

    What were those bogus death panels all about??? Hypocrit. You are so hate-filled it has lost its humor.

    May 25, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Karl Rove, Koch Borthers et al poured millions into their New York Republican candidate to stop the election of a Democrat but the great people of New York spoke, not this time. You go New Yorkers, you have sent a loud message around the World.

    May 25, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Jake

    most of us thought the GOP was already dead, but the Tea Party after the midterm elections will officially kill it off.

    May 25, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. SKS

    Where r the jobs Speaker Boehner you talked about in Nov 2010. Where r the JOBS?

    May 25, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. GOPBaggers Suck

    Oh what a shock, GOPBaggers stooges are out already blaming third party candidates and saying this special election is not a referendum on Paul Ryan's sad joke of a budget proposal. I am so surprised these gutless know-nothing lemmings .
    Clearly the love affair with Teabagging whackjobs has worn off. Cutting Medicare benefits to pay for additional tax breaks for the wealthy is as assinine a policy as could be proposed (with the desired effect of reducing the deficit in mind). Too bad their are just too many stupid people in this country that buy into the whole trickle-down, supply-side economic pitch these thieves continue to foist onto the populace.
    Every day I wonder what goes through the minds of Joe Sixpacks in some poor-ass red state, subsidized by blue states, when they see horrible education standards for their children, shorter life spans, more instances of preventable disease (diabetes, etc), lower literacy rates, lower pay, and an overall lower standard of living. I wonder how it is these fools continue to time and again vote against their best interests.
    Then I see the neocon fascists come in with the scare tactics, "they're socialist", "they want to take your whole paycheck", blah blah blah crap which is SIMPLY NOT THE TRUTH. These people, though more intelligent than their redneck counterparts, are even more dangerous, because they think they are smarter than they really are. Truth be told, they have no understanding whatsoever of micro or macroeconomic theory. They insist cutting taxes for the wealthy creates jobs. They are blind to the impact of wealth concentration on consumer spending (which accounts for 70% of GDP). They are simply stupid enough to believe the free market model, whose primary premise is that man is greedy and wants more than he already has, is the model we should apply to treating our sick and educating future generations. Funny, however, that two necessities such as these see costs skyrocketing, far outpacing the overall rates of inflation. And this is occuring because these idiots with f$%king teabags on their heads don't understand supply and demand. Choice of what AND IF is what is required for the free market model to work. There is no "if" in healthcare, and not much of one in education either.
    Bottom line, I really, sincerely hope, that Americans are starting to WAKE THE F$%K UP! This is a sign that perhaps middle class Americans are finally starting to get it. Both parties suck, but one sucks a whole lot more than the other. GOPBaggers offer no policies that will promote real, sustainable economic growth and seek only to limit personal freedoms (abortion, prison industrial complex, etc).
    Democrats, for their faults, at least rightly promote pump priming economic policies, women's reproductive rights, etc. Oh, and by the way, they know how to find the guy that brought down the towers, unlike the last idiot to take up residence in the Capitol.
    Please America, I am pleading with you, put down your Bible and set aside the BS you've been spoon-fed by Fixed Noise. Vote based on fact-driven analysis. I am begging you.

    May 25, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Somebody wrote:
    They didn't want "right wing social engineering".
    Did you ask them if they instead preferred left wing USA bankruptcy and the end of Medicare all together?
    Yes, both sides asked them to come out to the polls and they made their choice. The NY-26 voters seem to have preferred the Democratic plan to fix Medicare (don't you always claim that Democrats have no plan) over the Republican plan to end it.

    May 25, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    We need to fix the tax system – cut loopholes and deductions and make it a level playing field for ALL.

    May 25, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. sue

    Seniors and struggleing middle class or the less forunate are not the Repblicans concerns....Just in the news today GOP Cantor said that the government should have NO Relief Funds for the victums of Joplin Mo. unless these funds can be paid for by cutting some Energy heck with the the people who have lost their homes, jobs, lives.....yet they keep letting the Rich and Big Oil Companies get by without taxing them or taking away the Oil companies big Tax cuts that they get from our Government.......they want to do away with Seniors medicare, Social Security will be next......The GOP has gone radical by letting these unknowns, inexperienced morons take over their Party....and the Tea Baggers only have more radicals and NO BODIES they want to get into office......I hope this will show the Republicans they are going to lose big in 2012......

    May 25, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    "Asking our children, grandchildren and great grandclhilren to pay for todays expenditures is morally bankrupt. "

    That's why we're going to make the people who have benefitted the most by becoming obscenely OBSCENELY rich at the expense of everyone else...that's why they're going to be made to pay for it. Just watch. The GOP's plutocratic wet dream is drying up.


    Your wet dreams of Socialism and/or Communism sweeping the USA are just that, wet dreams. There is as much chance of that happening as there are of you and Rudy NYC getting real jobs.

    May 25, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. GOPBaggers Suck

    The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    "Did you ask them if they instead preferred left wing USA bankruptcy and the end of Medicare all together?"

    How long are you and your ilk going to post this factually inaccurate crap? Just because you refuse to make decisions based on anything other than what Fixed Noise/Koch Brothers have shoved down your pathetic little throat doesn't mean that the rest of us are stupid.
    Go do some research before you post crap on public forums. I make it my mission to soundly thrash idiocy like this, keep that in mind pally.

    May 25, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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