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In 1996, Republican-led welfare reforms marked a revolution in the government’s approach to poverty. They changed the standard for policy success from the amount of income transferred to the poor to the number of poor who moved from welfare to economic independence. President Obama changed that though. Obama’s entitlement programs do not incentivize work and ultimately hurt our nation and American's who genuinely need our help. Republicans believe in welfare reform and helping Americans move out of poverty, not the expansion of people's dependency on government.


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Hundreds Of Billions In Cuts To Medicare Are Just The Beginning

- August 22, 2012

Obama's Then-Office Of Management And Budget Director Peter Orszag Referred To The Independent Payment Advisory Board As "The Single-Biggest Yielding Of Power To An Independent Entity Since The Creation Of The Federal Reserve." "The significance of this new advisory board goes well beyond the immediate question of how to rein in Medicare costs. Mr. Orszag, who declined to be interviewed, has said that the board represented, for Congress, the 'single-biggest yielding of power to an independent entity since the creation of the Federal Reserve.' In other words, the Medicare Board isn't only a means of cutting government spending; it is a means, too, of wresting the constitutional responsibility for budgeting away from powerful committee chairmen."... Continue Reading »

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A Plan To Do Nothing

- August 21, 2012

Obama Said If We Don't Fix Medicare "We'll Either Have To Cut Medicare, In Which Case Seniors Then Will Bear The Brunt Of It, Or We'll Have To Raise Taxes, Which Nobody Likes." OBAMA: "So here's what's going to happen if we don't change the delivery systems and change some of the incentives -- we'll have a choice. We'll either have to cut Medicare, in which case seniors then will bear the brunt of it, or we'll have to raise taxes, which nobody likes."... Continue Reading »

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Ignoring The Gorilla In The Room

- August 20, 2012

Biden Cited Medicare As A "Gorilla" And Said We Have "To Put All Of It On The Table" In Terms Of Reform. BIDEN: "Social Security is not the hard one to solve. Medicare -- that is the gorilla in the room, and you've got to put all of it on the table." RUSSERT: "Everything?" BIDEN: "Everything -- you've got to."... Continue Reading »

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Team Obama Spends Sunday On Defense

- August 19, 2012

Fox's Chris Wallace: "That is the argument that the Obama campaign makes - that the $716 billion is all in cuts to providers and insurance companies and it will have no effect on benefits or services to the beneficiaries. Let me ask my question. Medicare's own actuary, own actuary of Medicare - not of the Romney campaign - says that is impossible. That you can't have the same services for $716 billion less. And let's put up some of what the Medicare actuary says. They say that 15 percent of Medicare providers will be unprofitable by 2019. 25 percent of Medicare providers will be unprofitable by 2030. And the Medicare actuary concludes - this is his quote - in practice Medicare providers could not sustain continued negative margins and, absent legislative changes, would have to withdraw - withdraw - from providing services to Medicare beneficiaries, merge with other provider groups or shift substantial portions of the Medicare costs it to their non-Medicare non-Medicaid providers. In other words, according to the actuary, Medicare patients, millions of them will lose access to Medicare benefits."... Continue Reading »

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Obama's Plan For NH: Cut Medicare

- August 18, 2012

Speaking In Rochester In 2008, Obama Said That He Would Tell The American People "What They Need To Hear," Not Just "What They Want To Hear." OBAMA: "You know at the beginning of this campaign I said to my staff, and I said to my supporters, 'We're not just going to run the same old textbook Washington campaign, not this time. Not now, it just won't do.We're not just going to tell the American people what they want to hear, we're going to tell them what they need to hear.'" ... Continue Reading »

Press Release

RNC Launches Obama’s Countdown to Medicare Bankruptcy Timeline

- August 17, 2012

The Republican National Committee launches “Countdown to Medicare Bankruptcy Timeline” marking the time until the Medicare Trust Fund is exhausted and highlighting the timeline of President Obama’s own promises and words. Medicare is on track to go bankrupt in 2024 and while Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan have solutions, President Obama has offered zero plans to fix one of America’s greatest problems and has touted $716 billion dollar cuts to the program as an ‘achievement.’... Continue Reading »

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