Tom Price: GOP’s Medicare changes may be more right than ‘politically smart’

Below is an interesting exchange that occurred this afternoon between ABC’s online team and U.S. Rep. Tom Price:

The question to watch for: Given the outcome in that New York congressional race, was it a mistake for House Republicans to adopt Paul Ryan’s solution to Medicare as their own?

Said Price:

“We didn’t do this because it was the smart thing politically to do — we did it because it’s the right thing to do. And it’s the right thing because the American people understand that you just can’t keep doing this craziness up here in Washington.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider
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GaBlue

May 31st, 2011
5:47 pm

I wish somebody with some real money would run against this tool and call him out for what he is.

DannyX

May 31st, 2011
6:00 pm

Price said “Bring down federal spending”

What offsets did Republican Governor Deal recommend last week when he was begging for the $500 million + he wants the federal government to fork over for the dredging project?

Alabama Communist

May 31st, 2011
6:01 pm

Poor Dr Price! It appears that the right thing to do is let this present generation die in Corporate Fascist pain as they reach the age of medical retirement……

Mary Elizabeth

May 31st, 2011
6:01 pm

I wonder if Rep. Price is aware of the fact that after 2030, seniors would have to pay 68% of their medical expenses under the Ryan plan? I recommend that readers read the following link to understand, more fully, how the Ryan plan would dismantle Medicare – as we know it today. Ryan’s plan is an inhumane one for seniors, as they age, in my opinion. Please read the following:

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/April/06/CBO-Seniors-Pay-More-Medicare-Ryan-Plan.aspx

GaBlue

May 31st, 2011
6:17 pm

Mary Elizabeth,

Yes, but that report is not germane to Dr. Price. See, his net worth is about $9Mil, so… whatever medications or procedures he needs in 10 or 20 years, he’ll get. Still, he does not reject his OWN “socialist, gubmint run” health insurance. The taxpayers will be footing the bill for his top-rate coverage his entire life. Ask any of his boosters in the sixth: Some people matter; some people don’t.

deegee

May 31st, 2011
6:24 pm

HAHAHAHAHA! Nathan Deal took his bag man Kasim Reed to Washington with him to beg for $500 million to dig dirt out of the Savannah River while Eric “Bobblehead” Cantor told the people of Joplin, MO that they would have to wait and see what he can cut from the budget before they get anything out of DC. What a bunch of saps!

deegee

May 31st, 2011
6:36 pm

I was listening to a discussion on Ryancare this morning on CNBC. The financial analysts are recommending managed care stocks like United Healthcare and Wellpoint. They all agreed that Medicare will be structured like our HMOs. The seniors won’t be calling a specialist when they have an upset tummy. They will have to do just like the rest of us and either go to Kaiser or wait in line to see their primary care physician.

Travis McGee

May 31st, 2011
6:40 pm

I heard that since “Laughter is the Best Medicine” the Republican/Tea Party is recommending that all seniors receive a George Carlin or Bill Cosby DVD.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 31st, 2011
6:48 pm

It’s really very simple. When you elect idiots, you get idiotic legislation from them.

The Republican/Tea Party primaries should really be a Three Ring Circus with the late night comedians and SNL lickin’ their chops.

jconservative

May 31st, 2011
7:02 pm

The Ryan plan is really a plan proposed by someone with no courage. It is a cop out.

Consider this from the Ryan Plan:

“Starting in 2022, the eligibility age for Medicare would increase by two months per year until it reached 67 in 2033.”

Someone with real courage, someone who really wanted to control the national debt would have this eligibility age change done by 2014.

The idea is to have the Social Security and Medicare eligibility age the same in three years.

But Ryan is afraid he would upset those who would be reaching the current Medicare eligibility age of 65 in the next 10 years. So he takes the coward’s way out.

The Ryan Plan calls for no real spending cuts until 2030. I am not in the least impressed.
He looks like a Democrat with stripes.

RetiredConservative

May 31st, 2011
7:42 pm

I read several of the comments and apparently a few people do not understand that in the Ryan plan, there is NO CHANGE for anyone who is 55 or older.

WillieRae

May 31st, 2011
8:08 pm

“Die in corporate fascist pain”. No one ever really believed the liberals were capable of civil discourse anyway.

Mary Elizabeth

May 31st, 2011
8:23 pm

I am presently on Medicare. I care about future generations as they age, not simply about myself. Conservatives have been trying to dismantle all “entitlements” since the 1970s. Therefore, they have politically, shrewdly, limited the dialogue to a budgetary “box” which includes only entitlement cutting. Break out of that “box” and think instead in a larger “box” for budgetary improvement, such as cutting tax subsidies to corporations and returning to the tax rates of the Clinton years for all Americans, causing the Bush tax cuts to expire.

Bill Orvis White

May 31st, 2011
8:49 pm

The Ryan Plan is a common sense start to this nation being fiscally responsible. I agree, jconservative, that it doesn’t go fast enough. We ought to raise the retirement age to 75. We are all living longer and that is a much more sensible age to retire. Doctor Price is one of many legislators who are doing the right thing by standing up to lazy liberals and the dominant liberal media culture who are caterwauling about how their Medicare is being taken away. IT’S NOT BEING TAKEN AWAY! Again, for those who are over 55, NOTHING IS CHANGING FOR YOU IDIOTS! For those liberal and under 55, HOW ABOUT TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF and YOUR FINANCES! I’M TIRED OF SUPPORTING YOU FOOLS WHO THINK THAT BIG GOV’T SHOULD BE IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH CARE! I pray that the Ryan Plan goes into effect very, very soon. It’s a very good start to dismantling the insanity created by FDR and expanded under Johnson, Jimmah Carter, Bubba Clinton and now Hussein Obama. LET’S GET SOME GUTS and stand up to those who confiscate our paychecks in order to subsidize shiftless Welfare Kings and Queens!

CUT THE SPENDING! CUT THE SPENDING!

Amen and disturbed,
Bill

double

May 31st, 2011
9:20 pm

BOW you are disturbed ok.I knew a fellow like you a few years back.He preached no government assistance.Well when he went into nursing home all his assets money home etc.had been transferred to his children several years longer than needed to meet lookback requirements.You know any hipocrites like this?

Mary Elizabeth

May 31st, 2011
9:20 pm

The average income for seniors over 65 is $14,000. per year. Under the Ryan plan, Medicare payments for senior’s health insurance would be $12,000. per year. That, of course, would not include costs for catastrophic illness, if one could not qualify for private health insurance at that advanced age.

I think pooling together, as a national “group,” as in the present Medicare plan – with adjustments made to improve it – is a more effective plan than Rep. Ryan’s plan for “every man/woman for him/herself” for medical expenses after age 65.

Don’t be swayed by easy slogans; use your common sense and vote accordingly.

Notice how “pooling together” for a public insurance plan for all Vermonters is not only more effective, but also more cost effective, for all Vermonters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJLvL1JReN4&feature=related

south ga. possum

May 31st, 2011
9:29 pm

Maybe some of you with all the answers and solutions should run for office. If what i’m reading is true we’re headed for distruction and we want need medicare, ss, or any other gov’t progam. So please, hurry up and qualify, select which party you’re gonna be a party of and let us know how easy it is to fix this mess we’re in.

double

May 31st, 2011
9:47 pm

possum I for one wish I knew answere to our ills.Afraid ther is no easy fix,if there is a fix.Always had confidence things would get better.Not this time regardless who in WH.

yuzeyurbrane

May 31st, 2011
9:55 pm

“Dr.” Price is a political Dr. and hasn’t really practiced medicine in years. But he is so full of himself that he still has signage that labels him “Dr.” on his Congressional office door. His so-called “alternative” to Obama’s Healthcare Reform Act was slapped together when challenged to put up or shut up. The Cong. Budget Office est. that even in a most optimistic case, his plan would have just insured 3 million of our 50 million and growing citizens without health insurance. The fact is he doesn’t really care about the health of those people and is more concerned about whether the insurance and healthcare industries are making mucho bucks.

And as to GOP motives for following Ryan like lemmings, don’t flatter yourself Cong. Dr. Price. You and your colleagues: (1) really believe in social Darwinism; and, (2) thought you could panic the voters and roll the Democrats into creating your sick view of a society. Only incredible hubris and contempt for the elderly and powerless in this country could lead you to do what you did. And you, personally, and your political party have plenty of both.

As to the facts, one oft-repeated lie is that your Medicare gutting plan will not effect those 55 and over. As Cong. Price surely knows, there is small provision buried in the midst of the Ryan proposal which would trigger automatic across the board cuts if deficits exceeded a certain % of Gross Domestic Product. What that means is that all all programs including Medicare and Social Security would be cut, too, and this means cuts in benefits to recipients currently over 65 could happen at any time. Also unspoken in their spin is that they are tieing this to increasing the debt limit by Aug. 2. So real cuts, now and not far in the future, would occur if the Democrats succumb to this blackmail. That is the reality of our self-described courageous Cong. Dr. Price and his buds. Medicare is a well run program that was never meant to operate at a profit because old folks get sick more often. Heck, private insurers would not even write policies for the elderly prior to Medicare because they weren’t profitable. What makes one think they would now? We need to get ahold of our deficit over time but nowhere do Republicans say anything about a shared sacrifice by their voters (i.e. the haves and have-mores) and other efficiencies which would keep Medicare and Social Sec. solvent and available for Cong. Dr. Price and his family as well as the rest of us. I sincerely hope that the 20% of his constituents who are Seniors and voters, turn him out at their earliest opportunity. I am a Senior and I approve of this message.

cs

May 31st, 2011
10:02 pm

gag..that’s the catch phrase for the gop kooks, “the american people”. i guess those werent “american people” who threw that gop goon out of office in new yawk.

stakingrubbish5

May 31st, 2011
11:03 pm

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, http://GoGetBids.com

Mary Elizabeth

June 1st, 2011
12:22 am

south ga. possum @ 9:29

“So please, hurry up and qualify, select which party you’re gonna be a party of and let us know how easy it is to fix this mess we’re in.”
———————————————————-

Here is your answer, south ga. possum: Vote the Democratic ticket in 2012. Voting the Republican ticket would insure the death of Medicare, as we now know it, and would probably, also, be the death of Social Security, as we know it.

Don’t vote against your own best interests. Don’t be fooled by those politicians who are looking out for the interests of the very wealthy and corporate interests, not your interests. By working together, middle/working class Americans can again flourish, but you must break free of the ideology of the Republican Party and its easy slogans that have misled many.

hl

June 1st, 2011
6:06 am

Tom Price has been against social security and medicare for years. What’s new?

Rick

June 1st, 2011
6:48 am

If they had a “will” they would find a “way”. Hey, corporate jet owners still land at airports all over this country for “free”, on the backs of of all us taxpayers. Those general aviation airport owners don’t pay property taxes, and most states, including Georgia don’t go after the tax evaders who register their planes in Delaware of Oklahoma. There is no political will to do so, starting with the governor down). However, if you don’t pay your auto tags to the State of Georgia, every cop out there is ordered to look for you. Don’t even get me started on the oil/energy subsidies.

Viet Vet

June 1st, 2011
6:51 am

South Georgia Possum, You have a choice and it should be easy. You can vote for your interests, your neighbor’s, your children’s and grandchildren’s interests, and not for Wall Street swindlers, trust fund millionaires and Chinese exporters. But here’s the hard part, its going to mean voting “D.” Gut check time, what’s the most important thing to you?

Frederick Douglass

June 1st, 2011
7:06 am

Black market Medicare coupon books, and reverse mortgages, that’s what old people need to survive in this country.

Sam I Am

June 1st, 2011
7:26 am

We can’t afford to help our seniors we have wars to fight. What’s the point of being prez if you can’t invade someone?

Price wants to end Medicare (no kiddin')

June 1st, 2011
7:27 am

Price is an expert at these interviews. He twists answers to disguise his real views. He always says that “The American People” want these changes. He never admits the truth that most Americans do not want the Ryan plan.

Also, he and his GOP associates are in denial about what the election results from NY congressional race means. For those of you who were on vacation. The NY 26th district race should have been a cakewalk for the Republican. But the Republican publicly endorsed Ryan’s privatization of Medicare. The Democratic candidate won big.

If a Democratic candidate wants to take Tom Price’s seat, this could be the year. He’s been one of the most vocal supporters of ending Medicare. He may also support privatizing the VA too.

phil

June 1st, 2011
7:28 am

The fact is 52% of the voters voted to save SS with Ryan’s plan, and the “winner” only got 48% to let SS go bankrupt and die!

Almost 50

June 1st, 2011
7:34 am

There is no way I am going to sit by while Price attempts to dismantle Medicare. I’m going to call and visit his office:

3730 Roswell Road, Suite 50
Marietta, GA 30062

100 North Street,
Suite 150
Canton, GA 30114

Phone: 202-225-4501

khc

June 1st, 2011
7:36 am

In his classic book Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman describes the American Medical Association (AMA) as the “strongest trade union in the United States” and documents the ways in which the AMA vigorously restricts competition. Wonder when the good doctor is going to go after this union in order to curb medical costs escalation…….

The American people want their Medicare

June 1st, 2011
7:39 am

Hey Phil, tell it to NY 26th. This safe Republican district rejected Ryan’s plan.

Culpepper County Bridge Club

June 1st, 2011
7:52 am

Actually spotting Representative Price in his district is akin to finding Waldo in a game of ‘Where’s . . .’

Madison

June 1st, 2011
8:08 am

Before Medicare becomes a shadow, the whole econmic system may tumble later this summer. The very thought of spooking the bond markets with gamesmanship of the debt ceiling makes me shudder. If we return to the soup lines of the 30s, I for one, will make sure my grandchildren remember the names of those congressmen who did not understand or did not care about what they did. Ignominy wll be their legacy.

John K

June 1st, 2011
8:09 am

So people are shocked the teapartiers are doing what they said they’d do? Maybe next time you vote, listen to what the candidates say and not get caught up in cheesy slogans and misspelled signs.

Rabbit

June 1st, 2011
8:18 am

Oh, the horror. The death of common sense. Our country’s income to debt ratio is 1:1 The radical frosh in the House think this is horrible and everyone is wringing their hands. They say government should be run like a business, but many large corporations carry ratios of 1:12 or higher. They use the debt to innovate and develop new income streams. Simply put, even conservatively run companies understand that contraction is bad business.

Typical Democrat

June 1st, 2011
8:35 am

Don’t worry about where the money is coming from let’s just keep spending.

Retired Soldier

June 1st, 2011
8:41 am

When Tom Price was asked how Republicans think refusing to raise the debt ceiling would have a ripple effect on the economy, he simply didn’t answer the question and blamed the president. What makes me mad is that the reporter didn’t call him on it. I hate it when they treat these idiots with kid gloves.

deegee

June 1st, 2011
8:43 am

I love that the republicans keep repeating the line, “Remember folks, Ryancare will not be affect you if you are 55 or older.” Like that’s supposed to make it all better. That strategy is designed to keep the seniors from robocalling them and showing up at their town hall meetings all PO’d. Seniors are turning out to be a little more savvy than that, and they have demonstrated that they care about the future of their children and grandchildren.

Ryancare has certainly exposed the power of the insurance and managed care lobby. Medical expenditures as a percentage of GDP is around 17percent. Ryancare does nothing to bring down the cost of medical care. Ryancare will simply make it more expensive for seniors to purchase health insurance.

khc

June 1st, 2011
8:45 am

look at housing in washington dc….it up way up from low in 2009……it seems that while repubs say cut everywhere, apparently not in dc, where everyone is sucking at the govt teet……congress should be cut as everyone b

khc

June 1st, 2011
8:49 am

hit wrong button,,,,,meant to say every physically located budget in dc/va should be cut or is it do as i say not as i do

Retired Soldier

June 1st, 2011
8:56 am

I’ve paid into Medicare all my life, and now to find out I get the shaft because the Republicans couldn’t come up with anything to bring down the cost of healthcare, they take the easy route and make wild cuts that the average joe has to swallow. Republicans are all for themselves and their rich buddies and when it comes to the average American, they couldn’t give a rats a$$ about you. They do want your vote though, so they have Faux News to sensationalize news and brainwash those who don’t know any better. Unfortunately that is a scary amount of people. But the good news is that the more Republicans go after the people, it’s not going to be pretty at the election booth next time around!

double

June 1st, 2011
9:12 am

Democrat,Republican, people wake up.You bitch about these politicians retirement,insurance,but continue to elect.TERM LIMITS and no lobbyist.

Joe Mama

June 1st, 2011
9:43 am

“He may also support privatizing the VA too.”

Oh, HELL no.

khc

June 1st, 2011
1:44 pm

why are doc salaries outpacing the rest of the workforce

phil

June 2nd, 2011
7:18 am

52% is more than 48% no matter how you slice it.