Republicans still seek Medicare overhaul in budget talks
May 29th, 2011
01:46 PM ET
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Republicans still seek Medicare overhaul in budget talks

Washington (CNN) - Top Republicans tiptoed their way around the Medicare question Sunday, playing to their conservative base by backing a controversial overhaul proposal while acknowledging they will have to negotiate the issue with Democrats.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, both told Sunday talk shows that all issues are on the table in deficit reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden intended to reach a deal on raising the federal debt limit.


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  1. smithjr38

    The GOP is so greedy to get Insurance lobby money they can see the Forrest for all those trees.
    I had wanted to vote for some one other than Obama but I don't want to see people who went they retire will have to spent all their retirement money on the Insurance Industry.
    Fact is we need a new Party and I don't mean the Tea Party which is a camouflaged GOP org.

    May 29, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. John

    The Republican are going to keep up with the Idea that they are all going to lose there seat in 2012. The one most likely to lose there seat are John Boehner , Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan all four of these need to be Kick out In 2012. And as many as we can, We need to take Control of the House away from the Republican and see how many we can get out of the Senate. American People Are trier of the Republican of putting this budget cuts on the back of the Middle Class,the POOR ,the OLD and the disable.

    May 29, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Contact your Senators and Delegates in D.C. Let them know what YOU want. A phone call, an email, anything.

    The republicans will tell you ANYTHING to get elected, and (as witnessed over the last few months) go after women's rights, voting rights, medicare, medicaid, social security once they have the power.

    They WILL take everything from the poor and middle class and give it to the wealthy. It's always been that way, it will always be that way. They're taking away voter's rights NOW in republican-governed states. It can happen to you too.

    To vote republican goes against every kindness that Jesus preached in his time on earth.

    May 29, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. dee

    So what??? It,s going to be a "Party" to watch the Gop lose! Keep your anti-mainstream America agenda going? It will be a "Landslide"2012 OBAMA THRU 2016

    May 29, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. michaelam

    Note to ALL politicians regardless of party affiliation: KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OUR MEDICARE/MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY or you will be next to join the ranks of the unemployed!

    May 29, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    I just love it how Ryan said the the Democrats were using scare tactics. REALLY?

    "Death Panels"
    "Pull the plug on Grandma"
    "Obama's gonna take your guns away"
    "Obama is NOT one of us"
    any of these sound familiar?

    Republicans have been using SCARE TATICS for years. LOL

    May 29, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. eanmd

    The Republican death march of Obfuscation on Medicare/Medicaid/SS continues. I look forward to Democratic majorities in Congress and the White House in 2012 !!!

    May 29, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. livingston

    I am so tired of the Republicans saying that if we just understood the plan we would see it is a good plan. Well, guy's we aren't stupid and we do understand the plan. And no, we don't like it. We understand that you want us to throw the under 55's under the bus. That we have ours – let them find theirs.If you keep up the condescending scare tactics you better brush off your resumes – your going to need them come election time.

    May 29, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    David Gregory was persistent with McConnell as he tried to get cute on meet the press

    McConnell`s arrogance was on full display though.

    May 29, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |