Skip to main content

View Diary: Why does Boehner want to kick the can? (88 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Chris Van Hollen (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NotGeorgeWill

    said this evening no benefit cuts to medicare or social security but reforms to strengthen it.

    O has said he will look at everything which he has to say and should do but he continues to say that he will not sign anything that extends bush tax cuts for the upper 2%, in fact he was very emphatic about that in his presser yesterday.

    mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

    by wewantthetruth on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:36:08 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  Open question what Van Hollen means . . . (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      wewantthetruth

      clearly no benefit cuts for current beneficiaries, but I'll be curious to see what is in the offing for future years.  The reality is that there are ways of making Medicare more sustainable without slashing benefits, but the GOP has shown no interest in pursuing these options (e.g. more aggressive price negotiation in Medicare Part D could save tens of billions of dollars).  

      One thing that I haven't heard mentioned is the impact on immigration reform on the health of the social safety net programs.  If you have more people working on the books and paying into social security and Medicare -- effectively legalizing millions of younger workers too -- would have the effect of balancing out some of the demographic trends where the population is getting older.  I'm not sure how much of an impact this would have on the health of these programs, but this is a potential benefit of immigration reform.  The big problem is that the GOP doesn't really show much interest in constructive solutions.  Not sure how the Dems will navigate these issues.  They have some leverage now.  We'll see.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site