Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Some Tea Partiers Support Medicare - Oppose GOP, Budget Talks Continue

[First, thanks to everyone for their encouraging and supportive feedback about The Medicare Daily Report.  Now, . . . .]

"South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson thinks the GOP budget -- and in particular its call to phase out Medicare and replace it with a marketplace for private insurance -- is a total disaster.  He's saying that Republicans, including members in his sphere of influence like Rep. Allen West (R-FL), should back away from it."  He also called the GOP Medicare Plan A ‘Public Policy Nightmare’.  We've been saying right along that support for Medicare is widespread and that the Conservative Republican approach has been a political liability.  This is even more proof, and we wonder if other Tea Partiers also will try to exert Medicare influence over the Republicans.

"The Senate's top Republican is suggesting a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing limit unless there's deal soon that includes changes to big entitlement programs.  Economists and Obama administration officials are warning of a calamity if the government defaults on its obligations.  The default deadline is Aug. 2."  Mitch McConnell: Debt Ceiling Deal May Be Short-Term Without Entitlement Cuts 

Finally, several of our readers pointed out this important Social Security information from last Friday -- AARP Has Not Changed Its Position on Social Security.  "I’m sure many of you have seen the Wall Street Journal article from this morning (“Key Seniors Association Pivots on Benefit Cut”).  This is a misleading characterization.  Read AARP’s CEO A. Barry Rand’s response below:  'Let me be clear -- AARP is as committed as we’ve ever been to fighting to protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthening it for future generations.  Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed its position on Social Security.'"


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