May 25, 2011

HELLO???? Republicans are not ending Medicare.

Clinton-Ryan. C'est what?
For Heaven's sake, the Republicans ARE NOT TRYING TO END MEDICARE.  The Ryan budget proposes no such thing.  The plan simply tries to propose a way to deal with a cost that cannot be sustained and will bankrupt America.  Whether you agree with the Ryan plan or not (and I'm willing to bet those same vocal people who are against it haven't read it, just like the people who voted for Obamacare are never really read it), at least it poses an idea.  Something HAS to be done, one way or another.

So says, Bill Clinton???  From the New York Times,
Former President Bill Clinton, still widely considered one of his party’s foremost politicians, said on Wednesday that Democrats should cut a “reasonable” deal with Republicans on Medicare savings rather than conclude from Tuesday’s upset in a special Congressional election that bashing Republicans on the issue is the key to a party comeback in 2012.

Mr. Clinton’s message, while more politically pointed, followed similar comments on Wednesday morning from Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner as both responded to a Democrat’s victory in a conservative district in upstate New York. The race turned on House Republicans’ budget plan to replace Medicare with a voucher system and dramatically reduce future federal health-care spending.

“You shouldn’t draw the conclusion that the New York race means that nobody can do anything to slow the rate of Medicare costs. I just don’t agree with that,” Mr. Clinton said at a budget forum sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Instead, he said, “you should draw the conclusion that the people made a judgment that the proposal in the Republican budget is not the right one. I agree with that.”

But Mr. Clinton said he feared that Democrats would conclude “that we shouldn’t do anything.”

“I completely disagree with that,” he said. “I think there are a lot of things we can do to bring down Medicare costs.”
Perhaps Bill Clinton is pre-stumping for Hillary for 2012 or 2016, but at least he spoke the truth about Medicare - it cannot be sustained.

The Ryan plan does not affect anyone but future recipients in it's effort to change the rules. It is very far forward looking. Perhaps even too far forward. Any one of the next 30 Congresses could undo the solution and reverse the progress the Ryan plan has made. No one on Medicare now, or in the system now would be impacted.

Those are the facts on the ground for this proposal. Bill Clinton is right, short term political gain at the expense of America's future is wrong. It's a fools errand. It's also selfish, and destructive. Be proud of that Democrats.

EXIT Question: Given the coziness between the Clintons and Gingrich, is this a payback for Newt's ridiculous comments on the Ryan budget last week?

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