he White House is willing to make bigger Medicare cuts in order to protect Medicaid, senior economic adviser Gene Sperling said Thursday.
Sperling said the White House is no longer willing to make even the Medicaid cuts it had previously supported, but acknowledged that puts more pressure on Medicare.
“We are not willing to accept even the Medicaid savings that we had once put on the table … Medicaid savings, Medicaid cuts, for this administration, are not on the table,” Sperling said at a conference organized by the advocacy group Families USA.
Sperling’s comments indicate the White House has come around to the position held by staunchly liberal members of Congress — including retiring Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) — who said Medicaid should be the higher priority in budget negotiations.
“We have come to believe that it is not the time to make even those savings,” Sperling said, referring to the cuts the White House had proposed. “Not when this is the critical moment in implementing the Affordable Care Act.”
The White House’s upcoming budget proposal will reflect those priorities, Sperling said.
Medicaid has long been seen as an easier political target than Medicare, because Medicare serves older Americans. Although congressional Republicans support dramatic cuts in Medicare benefits, the party has also hammered President Obama for reducing payments to doctors and insurance companies by roughly $716 billion.
But the administration has decided to accept a fight over Medicare in order to protect Medicaid, Sperling said.
“It means we’re going to have to look harder for Medicare savings, and those savings may be more difficult politically because of he choices we’ve made,” Sperling said. “If you decide you are going to protect Medicaid more, it means you’re going to have to make some tough choices in other places.”
From its conception the 'Affordable Care Act' was designed to (a) destroy the private sector insurance industry and thus force everyone into a government-run, single-payer system and (b) ruin Medicare and force large numbers of people into MEDICAID; which will be the vehicle for operating the government-run single-payer medical 'care' system.
It is pure baloney that the 'White House has come around' to the positiion of the most Left of the Leftist members of Congress -- this has been the back-the-scenes plan all along.
I also believe that a secondary intent of O'care is to bankrupt the US government ... after nearly a century of Progressive scheming it seems that (for now, at least) the Left has found the perfect instrument of destruction to complete its goal of remaking the nation into a socialist dystopia.
Jim, I totally agree with you on this and find it a crime against the American people! I trust in our Lord God to help his own and those that support B.O. and this communist administration will be left to their own choices! It is so sad that so many people in this country just don't care about our land anymore and it's all about what's in it for them! As long as they can have their fast food, video games and the lates tech gadgets and any handouts from this administration that they think are free they just do not care about the long term affect of their selfishness! I know where I will spend eternity and with God, the only living God! I am so grateful that He gave his only begotten son for those that would accept him! Amen
I live on a tiny Social Security check and it is Medicaid QMB that pays my Medicare premium every month so if they abolish Medicaid they will have effectively cut me off from health care altogether - is that what they really want to accomplish? Further, while I was born here in NYC, it seems to me that most of the illegals coming here are now being given medical care through Medicaid and it may be that he is trying to appease that voter base rather than care for seniors and the disabled. Those of us who fall into those last two categories seem to be deemed expendable by too many. It is time for the silver haired brigade to rise up and demand adequate protection...before we end up like those sent to the holocaust during WWII in Nazi Germany - check out the You Tube video "First They Came for the Jews" to get the complete picture of depravitty concerning where that would inevitably lead - we do NOT want that to happen here!
Victoria ... you've got it backward: MEDICAID is what BHO & Left want to protect ... it is Medicare they're trying to kill ... Your Medicare Part B premium is paid through and deducted from your Social Security insurance benefit payment ... MEDICAID doesw not cover routine care -- only hospitalization and care associated with those hospitalizations ... MEDICAID is an insult to seniors and a ripoff of your estate ... once you leave us the state government will come after any assets you might have, and can evencome after your heirs' assets to 'repay' the state (not the Feds) government for your medical care expenses.
Both programs are abysmal failures that actually pensalize you and your spouse (presumably a late spouse) for following the law and paying into the system for decades ... but as bad as these plans are Obamacare is much, much worse.
I KNOW it is Medicaid they are trying to protect and as indicated it is in order to protect the illegals who they are now drawing into the DNC voter base as you may have noticed from the recent exercise in amnesty pushed by Obama. Disgracefully, seniors are now deemed expendable as we saw when Obama cancelled what had previously been the annual Social Security cost of living increase through the first 3 years of his first usurped term in office and only reinstated it just in time for re-election last year. Had he really cared at all about seniors, he would not have done that to us while prices for goods were going through the roof and at the same time his cronies on the White House staff were being given a whopping 48% increase to their salaries (placing many then in the 6 figure income category) during his first two years in office - a disgrace indeed!
We saw Obama rip Medicare and Medicaid right at the start by stealing from them to supplement his more important voter base, which is young leftest women who may seek abortions. We note that his friends at Planned Parenthood got a big share of this stolen money.
We should find it interesting that the senior support group, so-called, the AARP sent me a letter when I objected to their stand on abortion. They sent back they will support "choice" and it was one of the main reasons they were for Liberals! Okay,, all you senior ladies, take your morning after pill? Of course I refused and continue to refuse to be a member of this lying organization.
Hello Victoria, I am on SSDI and I am Slmb qualified and at least Medicaid is paying for the monthly Medicare premium. I am alone and have no other income and I am existing and nothing more! The state of AZ is telling me that I am about to lose the supplement of Medicaid to help me with ongoing medical care that I so very much have to have! I have no disposable income to pay the 20% that Medicare won't pay I have copays for meds and it is not too bad, but there are meds that they won't even cover anymore. I will not be able to go to my doctors and all of the progress that I have made in the last year that is helping me want to try to work again will be undone and I will revert back to a very seriously ill state of living and then what, I am so sad and digusted with this administration and how they just hand everything to these illegals, I am not politically correct, I will not call them undocumented! They get whatever they want and we that have been born in this country and have ancestors that go back really far, mine came to this country from Europe a few centuries ago and now we are to be treated like 2nd even 3rd class citizens, it's so wrong and I am so glad that God sees it all I want to know what I can do to help and help myself too! But you are right history will repeat itself, there are concentration camps for Christians and the elderly and when the govt. feels it is the right time those of us that are still here will be put into these death camps! It is true, look up Internment Reloction camps, previously called FEMMA Camps, there are 2 closest to me, Wickenburg,AZ and Florence,AZ. History is about to repeat itself! They the govt. plans on moving us right along to complete the NWO, the OWG, the OWR and all of the trillionaires, are right behind them. The Bilderbergs, the Trialatteral Commission, the Club of Rome(the evil men that put the global warming conspiracy together and even published it!), the CFR, The UN, the Illuminati, the New Age Movement, Free Masons are in on it too, I may have missed some groups but this is all true! The govt. and Monsanto is working tirelessly to contaminate the food supply and when they have destroyed our food and control all of the food who wins, they do! If we don't stop it NOW while there is still some time and not much of it, the whole world will suffer even more than it is now and the elite and wealthy will bask in their victory!
So WHYare we not trying to mount some sort of response to stand up and defend our country like the colonists did? They didn't let the overpowering might of the British and the King stop them......are we all a bunch of cowards or are we going to put our money where our mouth is? Time to make a stand....Live free or die trying ! Our forefathers deserve us not to give up ! All the men and women who died for our country and for the rights of other countries, deserve us not to give up! Are we so afraid of this weasel and his cohorts that we are willing to let them take our beloved country from us ???????
One reason that no one has started to "fight" is that I'm reasonably sure that Obama will kill us if we try. He will declare Marshall Law and he has armed the EPA, HSA and IRS with weapons and ammo, just in case he wants to have an immediate Army under his direct control. In 2007 Obama said he wanted his own defense and he's created one. If we fight, we must be prepared for war, because that's what it will be. Hopefully we can find some way to impeach him before it reaches the point that we have internal war in America.
JUST ANOTHER BENEFIT FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND TAKING AWAY FROM AMERICANS ,IF YOU HAVENT FIGURED OUT THIS P.O.S. IS ANTI AMERICAN YET ,YOUR PART OF THE PROBLEM .
So why, Robert, does the Liberal media say nothing about this President? Maybe it is not considered Politically Correct? He has committed treason by supporting an enemy with arms and the lying Left media support anything he does. Seems like Hitler has moved his propaganda machine to the U.S. We also note that he claims Executive powers to keep the facts from us when he gave the Mexican Drug Cartel assault weapons, also enemies of the U.S. We heard an American officer was killed and many others by these AK-47's. I am thinking as many now, that this President could squat on any Left Wing Commentary reporter, do his throne act, and they would ask for more! It is about time we called these reporters Commies as this is what they are. They are not in support of America or our rights and this is in all our faces.
Hi Robert, I am not a genious so what is P.O.S. ? These darn illegals need to be stopped but it will take a civil war to get that ball rolling!