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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

April 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 Obama.

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.

 

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Budget does not address root of high Medicare costs -rising costs in the entire health care sector

By Joe Baker, President, Medicare Rights Center

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Medicare, Medicaid Are Targets in GOP's 'Path to Prosperity' That Shifts More Costs to Seniors

Democrats say it cuts medical care to the “most vulnerable Americans”

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Understanding Rep. Ryan's Plan for Medicare Based on Premium Support

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

Newspapers: 'politically risk', 'little chance', 'converts Medicare to premium support program', 'you'll need to pay a bigger share'

April 5, 2011

GOP Proposals on Medicare Could Shift Costs to Senior Citizens, other Beneficiaries

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 Dishonors Elders

By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer

April 4, 2011


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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). 

 

Some of this 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 for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

 

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