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Romney will not enroll in Medicare

On his 65th birthday Monday afternoon, Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney announced that he would not enroll in Medicare and remain with his private insurance plan. According to BuzzFeed, Romney, who has advocated for the wealthiest Americans to take lower public insurance benefits, announced through his campaign that he would…

House Republicans target Medicare in new budget

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives will put forward a budget plan this year that will seek substantial reforms to health benefits for the elderly and make aggressive strides toward reducing deficits, a senior lawmaker said on Friday. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said he wanted…

Santorum tells Iowans: ‘I don’t want to make black people’s lives better’

Speaking to Republicans in Iowa on Monday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said his administration would reform welfare to the point that it would offer no welfare at all. After suggesting that an expansion of Medicare is really just a plot to make voters more “dependent” on Washington, Santorum added: ”I…

Politifact seals the deal, abandoning truth to wingnuttery

I don't know what else to add to the discussion about this shameful move from Politifact to grab the brass ring of "non-partisan" by declaring a non-lie the "Lie of the Year". Paul Krugman explains it succiently: This is really awful. Politifact, which is supposed to police false claims in…

Progressive Democrats to protest at Obama campaign headquarters

A progressive group plans to protest outside President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters in Chicago on Friday, warning the president not to agree to any cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Last week, The Washington Post reported that Obama planned to propose cuts to the social programs as part of a…

The Ants Go Marching One By One

Republicans went ahead with Paul Ryan's plan to have everyone hate them…err, end Medicare, despite the fact that it polled terribly and has only gotten worse for them.   “The tea party itch has definitely not been scratched, so the voices who were saying, ‘Let’s do this in a way…

Obama health secretary: Seniors may ‘die sooner’ under GOP Medicare plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered a pointed assessment Thursday of the Republican Medicare plan. “If you run out of the government voucher and then you run out of your own money, you’re left to scrape together charity care, go without care, die sooner,” Sebelius…

Cantor claims Social Security and Medicare ‘aren’t going to be there’ when he retires

It may just be wishful thinking. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed Sunday that he didn’t expect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare to be around when he retires. “What we [House Republicans] have said is this: We’ll protect today’s seniors and those nearing retirement, but for the rest of…

GOP leaders champion plan to slash Medicare

WASHINGTON – Republican leaders united Tuesday behind House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) newly-released proposal that cuts trillions in federal spending over ten years while ending Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. “Chairman Ryan and the members of the Budget Committee have done an excellent job putting together…

House cuts federal spending by $61.5 billion

Medicare, Medicaid remain untouched WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Saturday approved legislation to cut federal spending deeply through September, a plan that is sure to be stopped by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in the Senate. The Republican-backed bill is a challenge to Obama to…

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