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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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don't let them get away with this

- August 18, 2017

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Democrat Family Feud

- September 30, 2013

Today, Senate Democrats Are Expected To Again Threaten A Government Shutdown By Rejecting Any Delay Or Change To ObamaCare. "The bill now moves back to the Senate, where Reid is expected to scrap the two healthcare amendments with a single vote on Monday, when the Senate returns, and return the "clean" CR, yet again, to Boehner and House Republicans. 'To be absolutely clear, the Senate will reject both the one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of the medical device tax,' Reid said in a statement." ... Continue Reading »

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CBO Confirms: Obama’s Current Debt Path Is Unsustainable, Entitlements Must Be Reformed

- September 17, 2013

On The Current Fiscal Path, The U.S. National Debt Would Reach 100 Percent Of GDP By 2038, “More Than In Any Year Except 1945 And 1946.” “The gap between federal spending and revenues would widen steadily after 2015 under the assumptions of the extended baseline, CBO projects. By 2038, the deficit would be 6½ percent of GDP, larger than in any year between 1947 and 2008, and federal debt held by the public would reach 100 percent of GDP, more than in any year except 1945 and 1946. With such large deficits, federal debt would be growing faster than GDP, a path that would ultimately be unsustainable.” ... Continue Reading »

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Another Year Of Kicking The Social Security “Can Down The Road”

- May 31, 2013

NOW: Like Last Year, Social Security Is Expected To Dry Up In 2033. “Meanwhile, the trustees kept their projections for Social Security programs unchanged. They continue to estimate that the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund will exhaust its reserves in 2016 and the other Social Security trust fund that pays benefits for retirees will pay full benefits until 2035. If the two Social Security trust funds were combined by Congress, the trust funds would continue to pay benefits until 2033.” (Damian Paletta and Louise Radnofsky, “Medicare Trustees Dial Back Funding Concerns,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/31/13)... Continue Reading »

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Putting The Pedal To The Metal

- November 28, 2012

FLASHBACK: Obama Said "If We Want To Get Serious About Fiscal Discipline … We Will Also Have To Get Serious About Entitlement Reform." OBAMA: "Along with defense and interest on the national debt, the biggest cost drivers in our budget are entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- all of which get more and more expensive every year. So if we want to get serious about fiscal discipline, and I do, then we're going to not only have to trim waste out of our discretionary budget -- which we've already begun -- we will also have to get serious about entitlement reform."... Continue Reading »

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WaPo, AP, Politico, USA Today ... Democrats Debate Themselves And Reality Over Fiscal Cliff

- November 28, 2012

WaPo Editorial: "Mr. Obama's Time To Lead On Entitlements"... Continue Reading »

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ObamaCare’s Medicare Cutting Board

- October 12, 2012

ObamaCare Created IPAB “To Cut Medicare.” “That’s the job description for the 15 members of the Independent Payment Advisory Board — the new panel created by President Barack Obama’s health care law to come up with ways to cut Medicare spending if it grows too fast.” ... Continue Reading »

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Things Seniors Won't Hear Today From Obama

- September 21, 2012

Obama Will Address The AARP Today. "Questions about Medicare and Social Security will be front and center in the presidential campaign next week when President Barack Obama and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan address the senior group AARP in back to back sessions on Sept. 21." ... Continue Reading »

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GLARING OMISSION #22: Biden Fails To Mention The $716 Billion Obama Cut From Medicare

- September 7, 2012

THE GLARING OMISSION: Vice President Biden Says That Mitt Romney Would Cut Medicare... Continue Reading »

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LIE #8: Mitt Romney Will Cost Medicare Beneficiaries

- September 5, 2012

THE LIE: John Larson Says The Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Will Cost Seniors.... Continue Reading »

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Glaring Omission #9: DNC Governors Don’t Mention The Seniors Obama Hurt

- September 5, 2012

THE GLARING OMISSION: Democrat Governors Fail To Mention The Seniors That Will Lose Their Health Care Because Of ObamaCare THE TRUTH: ObamaCare Kicks Hundreds Of Thousands Of Seniors Off Of Medicare Advantage... Continue Reading »

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Senator Barack Vs. President Obama

- August 23, 2012

In 2005, Then-Sen. Obama Attacked President Bush for Not Tackling Medicare And Called It "The Real Crisis" That "Is Breaking Down Rapidly." OBAMA: "The only thing I'd add, and then I'll turn it over to Dick is to talk, is to mention that despite the President staking his domestic policy agenda in his second term on Social Security reform, the real crisis in terms of funding is not Social Security, it's Medicare. Which is breaking down rapidly and this most recent legislation exacerbates that fiscal crisis. And that's something for some reason the president seems entirely unwilling to tackle." ... Continue Reading »

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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 »

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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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Obama's Medicare problem

- August 17, 2012

A little insight into Obama’s Medicare problem – hypocrisy and no plan. Obama Attacked McCain For Making Medicare Cuts To Pay For His Health Care Plan: “It Ain't Right.” BuzzFeed: President Obama often fends off attacks he cut Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. But in 2008, Obama was himself attacking John McCain on parallen terrain, saying his plan cut 800 billion dollars from Medicare to pay for his health care reform plan. ... Continue Reading »

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Tick Tock: Obama's Countdown To Medicare's Bankruptcy

- August 17, 2012

2005: Then-Sen. Obama Attacked President Bush for Not Tackling Medicare. OBAMA: "The only thing I'd add, and then I'll turn it over to Dick is to talk, is to mention that despite the President staking his domestic policy agenda in his second term on Social Security reform, the real crisis in terms of funding is not Social Security, it's Medicare. Which is breaking down rapidly and this most recent legislation exacerbates that fiscal crisis. And that's something for some reason the president seems entirely unwilling to tackle."... Continue Reading »

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Audaciously Avoiding Leadership

- August 16, 2012

From Obama's The Audacity Of Hope: "[T]he Two Main Government-Funded Health-Care Programs - Medicare And Medicaid - Really Are Broken …" "As vital as it may be to raise the wages of American workers and improve their retirement security, perhaps our most pressing task is to fix our broken health-care system. Unlike Social Security, the two main government-funded health-care programs - Medicare and Medicaid - really are broken; without any changes, by 2050 these two entitlements, along with Social Security, could grow to consume as large a share of our national economy as the entire federal budget does today. The addition of a hugely expensive prescription drug benefit that provides limited coverage and does nothing to control the cost of drugs has only made the problem worse. And the private system has evolved into a patchwork of inefficient bureaucracies, endless paperwork, overburdened providers, and dissatisfied patients."... Continue Reading »

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RNC Releases "Achievement"

- August 15, 2012

The Republican National Committee is releasing "Achievement" to shed light on President Obama's cuts to Medicare. While demagoguing the Romney-Ryan approach to saving Medicare, President Obama is the only one to actually cut over $700 billion dollars from current retirees--and he thinks it's an 'achievement.'... Continue Reading »

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Pulse Check: Medicare Disadvantage

- August 15, 2012

After ObamaCare, Obama Promised Seniors That Their Medicare Advantage "Benefits Won't Change." OBAMA: "First and foremost, what you need to know is that the guaranteed Medicare benefits that you've earned will not change, regardless of whether you receive them through Medicare or Medicare Advantage. Your guaranteed benefits will not change. Eligibility won't change. Medicare will continue to cover your costs the way it always has."... Continue Reading »

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“Mark My Words … It Is Going Broke”

- August 15, 2012

August 15, 2009: Obama Said “Mark My Words – If We Do Nothing, At Some Point Medicare In About Eight To Nine Years Goes Into The Red. Somebody Mentioned It's Going Broke – Yes, It Is Going Broke.” OBAMA: “And what's going to end up happening is -- mark my words -- if we do nothing, at some point Medicare in about eight to nine years goes into the red. Somebody mentioned it's going broke -- yes, it is going broke.... Continue Reading »

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The Worst Kind Of Hypocrite

- August 14, 2012

President Obama Told ABC's Jake Tapper That One-Third Of ObamaCare's Funding Comes From Medicare Cuts And He Would Veto Any Attempt To Repeal Them. ABC's JAKE TAPPER: "One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it -- one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare." BARACK OBAMA: "Right." TAPPER: "A lot of times, as you know, what happens in Congress is somebody will do something bold and then Congress, close to election season, will undo it." OBAMA: "Right." TAPPER: "You saw that with the 'doc fix'." OBAMA: "Right." TAPPER: "Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance, one third of it, that you will veto anything that tries to undo that?" OBAMA: "Yes. I actually have said that it is important for us to make sure this thing is deficit neutral, without tricks. I said I wouldn't sign a bill that didn't meet that criteria."... Continue Reading »

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How Will Obama Mark The 47th Anniversary Of Medicare?

- July 30, 2012

CBO: ObamaCare Cuts $741 Billion From Medicare. “One interesting number buried deep within the CBO reports: $741 billion. That’s how much the government would save from cutting subsidies for supplemental Medicare insurance, according to the new estimates. But that’s a jump from the original estimate of $500 billion over 10 years.”... Continue Reading »

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CBO Roundup: The March 2012 Baseline

- March 13, 2012

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House Democrats Are Undercutting Obama’s Efforts To Strengthen IPAB

- March 6, 2012

Today, The House Energy And Commerce Committee Agreed Unanimously To Repeal The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), An Unaccountable Board Of Unelected Bureaucrats That Could Cut Medicare Benefits. “The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Tuesday to repeal a controversial cost-cutting panel in President Obama’s healthcare law. The committee agreed by a voice vote to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member panel tasked with cutting Medicare payments to doctors if the program’s overall spending grows too quickly.”... Continue Reading »

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ObamaCare Gets A Booster Shot

- February 16, 2012

Obama’s 2013 Budget Would “Strengthen The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) To Reduce Long-Term Drivers Of Medicare Cost Growth.”... Continue Reading »

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ICYMI: Why There’s a Debt Stalemate

- November 21, 2011

“We haven’t had the robust democratic debate about the role of government that lies at the heart of America’s budget stalemate…"... Continue Reading »

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Reach Out And Touch Medicare

- August 4, 2011

USA Today: “Cuts in Medicare and other entitlement programs are on the table.” ... Continue Reading »

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Chuck Todd Calls Out Wasserman Schultz For Dodging And Ducking

- July 19, 2011

Debbie Wasserman Schultz spent much of her appearance on Daily Rundown today ducking and dodging Chuck Todd’s questions about whether or not she supports Obama’s proposed changes to Medicare. After trying to get through the spin to no avail, Chuck Todd finally calls her out saying: “Sounds like you don't want to say where you are on this, this means testing. I understand…” So the question remains…does Wasserman Schultz support the president’s changes to Medicare after demagoguing Republicans on the issue?... Continue Reading »

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Even WH Chief Of Staff Says Medicare Is Going Bankrupt … In Five Years!

- July 11, 2011

White House Chief Of Staff Bill Daley: “Medicare’s got to be strengthened. It will run out of money in five years if we don’t do something. Obviously there has to be improvements to it.” ... Continue Reading »

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In Case You Missed It: DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Scores A Hat Trick

- June 1, 2011

“On the May 29, 2011, edition of CBS’ Face the Nation, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. -- recently named chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee -- criticized the proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to make significant changes to how Medicare works …... Continue Reading »

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Just The Facts

- May 13, 2011

Social Security & Medicare Trustees: Medicare’s Trust Fund Will Be Exhausted In 2024, Five Years Earlier That Predicted Last Year. “Medicare's trust fund will run dry in 2024, five years earlier than forecast just last year, and Social Security's will be exhausted by 2036, adding fuel to the debate over cutting one or both programs to reduce annual budget deficits.” ... Continue Reading »

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Demonize And Dodge

- April 7, 2011

The Chicago Tribune: “If Not The Ryan Plan, Democrats, Then What?” ... Continue Reading »

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The Backseat Presidency

- April 4, 2011

President Obama’s Poll Numbers Sink As Americans Realize His Failure To Lead On Solving The Country’s Problems. “Americans are giving President Barack Obama his lowest marks for leadership skills since he took office, with barely more than half of those surveyed for a new poll saying they see him as a ‘strong and decisive’ leader… The president’s lowest ratings were for having a clear plan for solving the country’s problems – only 36 percent said he has one, while 60 percent said he didn’t. Among Democrats, 62 percent said he has a plan, while 13 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of independents said the same.” ... Continue Reading »

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