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President to Outline Strategy to
Make Entitlements More Secure for Senior Citizens
President Obama lays out his
budget reduction plan on Wednesday, to change course for Medicare,
Medicaid, Social Security
11, 2011 – Still reeling from the Republican proposal to severely cut
Medicare and Medicaid and to push Medicare toward a private insurance
program, senior citizens are now bracing for cost reduction proposals
for entitlement programs expected on Wednesday from President Barack
The New York Times reports, “The Republican plan includes a
shrinking of Medicare and Medicaid and trillions of dollars in tax cuts,
while sparing defense spending. Mr. Obama, by contrast, envisions a more
comprehensive plan that would include tax increases for the richest
taxpayers, cuts to military spending, savings in Medicare and Medicaid,
and unspecified changes to Social Security.”
Following are reports and analysis appearing in
major news sources across the nation.
GOP Plan Replaces Medicare’s Guaranteed Benefits
with ‘Premium Support’ Payment
Budget does not address root of high Medicare costs
-rising costs in the entire health care sector
By Joe Baker, President, Medicare Rights Center
April 5, 2011
Are Targets in GOP's 'Path to
Prosperity' That Shifts More Costs to Seniors
Democrats say it cuts medical care to the “most
April 5, 2011
Understanding Rep. Ryan's Plan for Medicare Based on
September poll found 69 percent of senior citizens
- people older than 65 - opposed vouchers for Medicare - see video
By Kaiser Health News Staff
- April 5, 2011
Politics Heat Up In Response to GOP Budget's
Medicare, Medicaid Proposals
risk', 'little chance', 'converts Medicare to
premium support program', 'you'll need to pay a
April 5, 2011
Proposals on Medicare Could Shift Costs to Senior Citizens, other
This is week when Republicans show their hand for cutting
Medicare, Medicaid; yesterday House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis) gave
a glimpse of what's to come; GOP hits elderly in states, too
Republicans Also Slash States' Spending on Elderly
AARP Says Texas
Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer
April 4, 2011
Politics for Senior Citizens
The Washington Post: Obama's New Approach to Deficit Reduction To
Include Spending On Entitlements
President Obama this week will lay out a new
approach to reducing the nation's soaring debt, proposing reductions in
spending on entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid and renewing his
call for tax increases on the rich (Goldfarb, 4/10).
The Associated Press: White House: Obama to Lay Out Spending Plan
President Barack Obama and Congress are shifting
from short-term budget concerns to debates over the nation's long-term
economic future, and everything — from Medicare and Medicaid cuts to tax
hikes for the wealthy — is on the table (Kellman, 4/11).
The Wall Street Journal: Obama Puts Taxes On Table
In a speech Wednesday, Mr. Obama will propose cuts
to entitlement programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, and changes to
Social Security, a discussion he has largely left to Democrats and
Republicans in Congress. He also will call for tax increases for people
making over $250,000 a year, a proposal contained in his 2012 budget,
and changing parts of the tax code he thinks benefit the wealthy (Lee
and Paletta, 4/11).
The Boston Globe: Obama, GOP Look to Rein In Benefits
President Obama will call this week for new curbs
on Medicare and Medicaid spending, an aide said yesterday, while a top
House Republican predicted that a bipartisan deal on reducing Social
Security costs is possible this summer. "You're going to have to look at
Medicare and Medicaid and see what kind of savings you can get," Obama
adviser David Plouffe said yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press." The
program was one of several on which he announced Obama's planned speech
Wednesday detailing proposed cuts "with a scalpel, not a machete" in the
long-term deficit (Viser, 4/11).
Politico: Obama to Take On Ryan On Health Costs
President Barack Obama is promising to lay out his
long-awaited ideas on how to restrain Medicare and Medicaid spending
this week — just in time to take the spotlight away from Paul Ryan. But
he'll have to do it in a way that doesn't provoke a Democratic revolt or
give the Republicans an easy target. And right now, there aren't a lot
of Democratic ideas on either Medicare or Medicaid that Obama can just
pull off the shelf, dust off and use (Nather, 4/11).
information is reprinted from
kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J.
Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser
Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up
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