Once again, Jennifer Rubin nails it. In a roundup of conservative bloggers and pundits reminding Republicans to ‘man up’ on Medicare reform, she notes approvingly that despite Democratic demagoguery on the Ryan budget,
40 senators stood their ground yesterday in voting for the Ryan budget. Now they (and every member of the House who has voted for Ryan’s Medicare plan) need to explain why.
One Republican Senator, she reports, “shows how to do it”:
Simply put, the Ryan reforms are not about ending Medicare, but about saving it. With increasing evidence, as Senator Rubio reminds us, of the government program’s looming bankruptcy, Republicans need to respond aggressively to Democratic attacks, instead of ducking for cover as some have done. They need to ask Democrats who have criticized the Ryan plan, to put their own plan to reform the popular program on the table.
“Either show us,” the Florida Republican said at 2:20 above,
how Medicare survives without any changes. Or show us what changes you propose we make because anyone who supports doing nothing on Medicare is a supporter of bankrupting Medicare. Where is the House Democrat plan to save Medicare? Where is the Senate Democrat plan to save Medicare. Where is President Obama’s plan to save Medicare?
If Democrats fail to do so, Republicans need to call them out on it. Nice to see some Republicans going on the offensive so soon after the loss in NY-26.
Anyone who still thinks that the Affordable Care Act has addressed Medicare’s insolvency problem hasn’t looked at the data closely. Based on the trustees’ report, despite a growing share of general revenue going to Medicare spending, the HI program will be insolvent by 2024 and registers $3 trillion in unfunded liabilities.