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January 15, 2010

OBAMA PUSHES UNDEMOCRATIC MEDICARE CUTTING COMMISSION

Open Left - White House officials have told news organizations that the president supports the Senate plan to create a commission to recommend Medicare spending cuts, a proposal that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has opposed.

It is highly unlikely that this commission will actually result in any changes to Medicare. It will be a weaker version of a commission Judd Gregg and Kent Conrad proposed--and the Gregg-Conrad commission itself required 14 of 18 commissioners, and 60% of both branches of Congress, to agree before any changes are enacted. That simply wasn't going to happen, and that was the stronger version of the commission.

However, the politics of this commission are still terrible. When people are not prompted with answers, only 3% of the country identifies the budget deficit as the top problem facing the nation. When given a choice, 74% of the country would want more jobs even if it meant adding to the budget deficit. And, only 6% of the country wants to see Medicare benefits cut

A deficit-cutting commission focused on Medicare appeals to no one, except for some plutocrats and the Senators they have purchased. It is frustrating to see the White House bowing to this unpopular, plutocrat proposal at the same time that it takes steps toward a more populist approach to large financial institutions.

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Senators are expected to vote as early as Tuesday on setting up an 18-member bipartisan panel that would study ways to reduce spending and raise revenue to bring the deficit under control and then submit those recommendations for a vote in Congress. Deficits from now until 2019 are expected to exceed $9 trillion, adding to a national debt that has exploded in recent years.

January 26, 2010 9:08 AM  

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