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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Americans Favor Cuts to Defense Before Medicare

If you have been living under a rock for the last 2 months, then maybe you haven't heard that the Republicans are supporting, en mass, the idea of cutting Medicare and Medicaid benefits for people under the age of 55.  The creator of the budget proposal, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said the plan just needs a little more explanation, before Americans will understand it's full intention.  A poll published today shows that Americans feel that it should by a HUGE majority Medicare and Medicaid should have no reductions at all, and actually say that the defense budget should be minimized before health care.  See the poll here:
Courtesy Kaiser

The following three reasons are why the GOP budget will never be taken seriously, Daily Kos says.
• The Plan does not promise the same level of benefit that the current program does
• It fails to deal with the cost issue
• Medicare is a wildly popular program, amongst Democrats and Republicans

Whether or not you think that any reductions should be made in your current or future health care, do you think it would be right to keep receiving the benefits (if you are currently over 55) and to only make the huge cuts to those in your family under 55 years of age?  And why does Ryan say that his plan just needs more clarification?  Looking at the stat that shows 90% say Medicare should have little or no reductions, I don't think any amount of clarification would sway the views of 90% of Americans.

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