I’m trying to try to come to grips with the Republicans’ position on the upcoming debt-ceiling vote. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, for example, repeatedly refers to it as a “leverage moment” (see here and here).
As The Hill reports, Cantor got a little more specific over the weekend how such “leverage” might be used:
“Cantor, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said Republicans can use the upcoming debt-limit vote to push through Medicare and Medicaid reforms outlined in their 2012 budget. The plan, which would eventually turn Medicare into a voucher-like program and convert Medicaid to block grants, virtually has no chance of passing through a Democratic Senate or White House on its own.”
Just to be clear, those changes would mean the abolition of Medicare for those younger than 55. In its current form, the program represents a government commitment to medical care for senior citizens. Under the plan pushed by Cantor, Rep. Paul Ryan and others, that commitment ends. It