House Republicans Want Budget Cuts For Seniors, But Not For Insurance
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Thursday
attacked President Barack Obama after word from the White House that his fiscal
2015 budget drops proposed cuts to Social Security benefits. The GOP also
criticized Obama for a Medicare rule change that would squeeze drugmakers,
pharmacies and health insurers.
The GOP criticism puts the party in the
uncomfortable position of advocating budget cuts that would affect ordinary
Americans, but resisting a move that may pressure big businesses.
The White House on Thursday confirmed that
the budget Obama will present to Congress next month won't
include cuts to Social Security, which Obama put on the table last year in
hopes of enticing Republicans to consider a "grand bargain" that
included tax increases. A spokesman for Obama said Social Security
cuts remain a possibility.
"This reaffirms what has become all too
apparent: the president has no interest in doing anything, even modest, to
address our looming debt crisis," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker
John Boehner (R-Ohio), in an email. "The one and only idea the president
has to offer is even more job-destroying tax hikes, and that non-starter won't
do anything to save the entitlement programs that are critical to so many
Americans. With three years left in office, it seems the president is already
throwing in the towel."
Obama proposed Social Security cuts in his 2014 budget by
offering to link future annual cost-of-living increases to chained CPI. The
measure would have saved the government money at the expense of Social Security
recipients. House Democrats and progressive groups slammed Obama for the offer.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) called it "a shocking attack on
Walden chairs the National Republican
Congressional Committee, which last week claimed seniors may lose Social
Security benefits if they elect Florida Democratic congressional candidate Alex
Sink, who has said she'd consider parts of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction
On Thursday, the NRCC put out statements criticizing House
Democrats in close races over Obama's proposed rule changes for the Medicare
Part D prescription drug benefit, which would permit the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services for the first time to take part in negotiations between
insurance companies and pharmacies to lower drug costs and protect consumers.
The rule change, announced last month, would
allow the government to press for lower prices, give consumers more choices and
hold providers to account, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
In one press release, NRCC communications
director Andrea Bozek targeted Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.). “First Obamacare and
now Medicare Part D, seniors are being thrown a one-two punch from Ron Barber
and House Democrats who have supported this failed law and have kept the door
open for even more harmful side effects," Bozek said.
The Congressional Budget Office reported
Thursday that, by 2024, health care spending will surpass Social Security
as a government cost, suggesting a greater need to cut costs on the health care
Last week, Republican House leaders wrote a letter to Obama expressing concern
about Affordable Care Act reductions to Medicare Advantage. However, the GOP's
own budget proposals have included these cuts since 2011.
through the article and after brooding over the narration of the issue please
let the nation know if we Americans as a nation want our Seniors by these horrendous
group of criminal ZINOISTS occupying our Congressional position wants to cut their
facilities in the budget but not for Insurance Companies.
three particular ZIONISTS the Speaker, the Leader of the House, and the Senate Minority
Leader are up to doing the maximum damage to the American nation before they
migrate to Israel their NAZI Fatherland Israel. In addition, how could the
incest practicing Father the PM Is waiting to welcome them after damaging US nation. How these inhuman ZINOISTS scoundrels dared to
target the seniors to kill them by seizing their legitimate allowance and to cut in
to cut the pay and allowances of the Republicans. In addition, hold mandatory
investigation to find out their accumulation of illegal money by the congressional
Representatives and seize the money then distribute the same among the poor,
seniors, and the veterans. It is they those who all contributed (95%) for the
development of the nation and none deserve more then to be given the money accumulated by the ZINOISTS and
propose these to the Speaker of the congress in case he proposes any cut to the
Seniors Allowance. At the same time we American Public would demand the
resignation of the Republican congress immediately.