By Henry Decker

WATCH: In New Ads, Unions Pressure Blue Dogs Not To Cut Medicare

December 7, 2012 3:03 pm Category: Memo Pad 13 Comments A+ / A-

Labor unions are pressuring moderate Democrats to stand firm against Medicare cuts, as the “fiscal cliff” negotiations continue with no apparent resolution in sight.

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the National Education Association (NEA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are targeting Democratic senators Mark Warner of Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri with ads imploring seniors to tell the lawmakers, “don’t make a bad deal that cuts our care.”

The ad targeting McCaskill is below; the nearly identical Warner version can be seen here.

According to The Hill, the ads will run for about a week starting Friday.

Although Democrats appear to hold all the leverage in the budget negotiations, the ad campaign reflects the left’s concern that Senate Democrats may make serious cuts to Medicare or Social Security in order to expedite a deal. Liberal Illinois senator Dick Durbin stoked those fears during a Thursday night interview with Bloomberg.

Republicans “want something to put up on the wall and say, ‘OK, we gave on taxes, they gave on'” Medicare cuts, the Democratic Whip said. “We may end up facing it as the only way out of this.”

House Speaker John Boehner’s most recent budget offer includes at least $600 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid; President Obama swiftly rejected the proposal, saying that he would not accept Boehner’s exceedingly vague promises to raise revenue “in exchange for some very specific and tough entitlement cuts that would affect seniors or other folks who are vulnerable.” The negotiations have stagnated since then; according to Boehner’s Friday morning press conference, “no progress” has been made in the past week.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    Bipartisan decisions, by their vary nature, require compromise and, more often than not, are reached when both sides can claim victory. The fiscal cliff solution is not going to be an exception to that rule. I expect the GOP to cave in on the tax rate issue, but Democrats better be prepared to accept the fact that some cuts will have to take place that are not going to be of our liking. I don’t think SS will be touched, other than raising the contribution cap, which will not be a bad thing. MEDICARE needs adjustments. The 2003 Part D reform, without accompanying increases in contributions was an unadulterated disaster. You cannot increase benefits without additional revenues, and borrowing is an unsustainable option. MEDICARE is currently spending about 17% more than what it gets, and has no choice but to borrow from the general fund to pay for the services it offers. There are some solutions that may help, without actual cuts in benefits, such as allowing RX competition across state lines, but I doubt that will be enough to eliminate the ongoing MEDICARE deficits.
    Will the “Defense” budget that was just passed be “adjusted” as well, or are senior citizens going to be the only ones asked to give something up after years of paying for what we get? Hopefully the final compromise includes all segments of our society instead of just those who can least afford a reduction in income and benefits.

    • CPANewYork

      I beleive that the main problem with Medicare and Medicaid is the failure to put fraud detection controls in place.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        Some controls were put in place and produced the $716B in saving the GOP promised to restore in an effort to reduce spending (negative logic at its best), but a lot more needs to be done. I am on SS and MEDICARE and I get a copy of the bills submitted by service providers from an outfit called CMA every time I go to the doctor or a lab. The charges service providers make are outrageous. They usually exceed what MEDICARE authorizes and pays by 5 or 6 times. At first, that practice baffled me, but it wasn’t long before I realized that what most service providers do is claim the unpaid balance as a loss to avoid paying taxes. The whole system is filled with corruption, fraud and abuse.

        • CPANewYork

          The unpaid balance isn’t tax deductible. It just offsets the revenue. Accountants call that a “wash.”

    • kokuakaumanua1

      I too am concerned about SS and Medicare because I am on it as well.

      I would just like to point out to people, that there is a rider on this fiscal cliff bill and it doesn’t have anything to do with our ‘budget’…

      The evil company, Monsanto, has included a rider on this bill in the hopes that our Senators will have their thoughts on the holidays and being with their families and they won’t notice it, in their haste to get the vote done and over with so they can go home for the holidays.

      This rider has to do with GMOs and allowing Monsanto and all the other companies who promote GMOs to plant their products indescriminately and with no regulation. This must be stopped!

      The underhanded practice of adding riders to ‘must vote yes’ bills has got to be stopped. God help us if GMOs are allowed to mess with Mother Nature.

      Please don’t allow this rider to be tacked onto this! Some action must be taken to delete this. How can it be done? I ask you, Dominick, because you are so level headed and considerate in your replies.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        The obvious answer is to ban riders, but that is not going to happen before Christmas and, most likely, next year or the year after next. Riders are used by both parties to slip things that ordinarily most people with minimal common sense would reject. That is the case with GMOs. The safety of GMOs must be debated, and if our elected officials agree to authorize their sale they should be clearly labeled for everyone to know what they are buying and how harmful those products are to our health.
        A possible avenue to stop this from passing is to start a petition. As a minimum, we would give the issue the visibility it deserves.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

          Letters to the editors of major newspapers may also help increase awareness.

  • commserver

    Just a thought:

    Why not convert Medicare to coverage under ObamaCare?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      A single payer system covering everyone is the way to go, both from a cost and efficiency perspectives. The only concern I have about merging MEDICARE with ACA is the fact that if the GOP ever gets back in control they will zero in on ACA with a vengeance. The GOP makes a lot of noise about entitlements, but they seldom put their rhetoric into action because they know that any politician that dares touch SS and/or MEDICARE benefits would be well advised to start looking for another job the moment they do that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JMT6C3LHLJDD4RX4NB4KY5ICAE gargray

    I don’t think Obama will go with their radical ideas. They tried to destroy Obama’ presidency he won’t cave to the Repubs. They hate Obama, how disrespectable.

  • onedonewong

    WHAT???? Barak has cut Medicare by $750 Billion and now wants to cut another $250 Billion. And yet Seniors think the Messiah walks on water what a bunch of rubes

    • Mikey7a

      Ok for the LAST time moron, President Obama didn’t CUT anything. He found a way to SAVE $718 Billion, by stopping some of the fraud Mr. Vila mentioned above!

      My God, please stop watching Fox News, before your brain turns to jello….
      sadly it sounds like it might just be too late!!

      • onedonewong

        Saved $700Billion?? Are you playing with a full deck?? he’s taking it out of the hide of doctors. And continues to allow trial lawyers to steal $400Billion a year. If barak wanted to reallly fix healthcare Tort reform would accomplish everything he wants to do. But he won’t because trial lawyers are the single largest group donating to Dem’s

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