Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cantor: Promise Of Medicare Won’t Be Kept

Following up on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to “transform,” i.e. to destroy, Medicare by turning it into a privatized voucher program, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) is putting you on notice: Remember the government’s promise that you will receive Medicare as a senior following the tax dollars you've contributed through your paycheck? Forget it. You’re not getting it and you’ll just have to deal with it:

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) on Wednesday suggested that Republicans will continue a push to overhaul programs such as Medicare, saying in an interview that "promises have been made that frankly are not going to be kept for many" and that younger Americans will have to adjust.

Cantor, though, should consider Rep. Kathy Hochul's upset Democratic victory in an upstate New York Republican district due to her opponent's support for the Ryan plan. Commentator Steve Benen sees Cantor's statement as a campaign gift to the Democrats:

...I’ll look forward to the DNC running ads in, say, Florida, telling voters that the leading House Republican believes the United States committed to the Medicare program, but now believes those promises “are not going to be kept.”

Daily Kos, though, wonders if the president's proposals during the debt ceiling talks will weaken the Democrats' case:

Yes, President Obama and the Democrats kept Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid out of the initial round of cuts, and isolate them to a degree in the automatic triggers. But will the general public remember that in a year's time, or will they remember that it was Obama who put the programs on the negotiating table?

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