New Video: Tough Decisions

| March 30 2013

New Video: Tough Decisions

For months the White House has maintained that any “balanced approach” to deficit reduction must include entitlement reform. President Obama has talked about the need to make meaningful changes to entitlements, and urged congress to follow his lead.  With the White House budget scheduled to be released on April 10 – more than two months late – Americans will be able to see for themselves whether this administration is ready to make the “tough decisions” it will take to preserve these programs and address our long-term debt.

WILL THE WHITE HOUSE FINALLY ADDRESS ENTITLEMENT REFORM?

White House “Strongly Considering” Entitlement Reform In Budget: “The White House is strongly considering including in its budget for fiscal 2014 a deficit-reduction proposal it offered Republicans in December, including a measure to limit growth in Social Security benefits—a move aimed at keeping alive bipartisan talks on a major budget deal.  Such a proposal could include steps that make many Democrats queasy, such as reductions in future Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security payments …” (Damien Paletta, “White House Targeting Entitlement Growth,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/28/13)

“Broad Systemic Changes” To Medicare: “As they explore possible fiscal deals, President Obama and Congressional Republicans have quietly raised the idea of broad systemic changes to Medicare that could produce significant savings and end the polarizing debate over Republican plans to privatize the insurance program for older Americans.” (Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear, “Talk Of Medicare Changes Could Open Way To Budget Pact,” The New York Times, 3/28/13)

 

FLASHBACK: WHITE HOUSE SAYS ANY BALANCED APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION MUST INCLUDE ENTITLEMENT REFORM

Press Secretary Jay Carney: “It is the president’s position that in pursuit of balanced deficit reduction that includes both entitlement reforms and revenues from tax reform…” (Press Secretary Jay Carney, Press Briefing, 3/11/13)

White House Rejects Idea They Aren’t Serious About Entitlement Reform. “White House officials rejected Republican suggestions that Mr. Obama has not been serious enough about tackling the growth of entitlement spending. ‘He [Obama] is committed, every time he talks about this, to a balanced approach that includes both, you know, revenues, spending cuts and savings through entitlement reforms,’ said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.” (Peter Baker, “Obama Tilts Tax Debate Away From Spending Cuts,” New York Times, 11/29/12)

 

DOUBLE FLASHBACK: PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN PROMISING ENTITLEMENT REFORM SINCE 2006

July 2006: Sen. Barack Obama Said, “We’re Going To Have To Talk About Entitlements …  Difficult To Have That Conversation…” Obama: “The — I think all of us are aware that at some point, in order to get our deficit under control, there are going to be revenue issues that we’ve got to bring up and there are going to be spending issues that we’re going to bring — and we’re going to have to talk about entitlements and we’re going to have to control costs and it is very difficult to have that conversation, particularly at a time when Americans are feeling squeezed and more vulnerable, if they think that the money is being wasted.” (Sen. Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Ok) Holds A Hearing On S. 2590, The Federal Funding Accountability And Transparency Act Of 2006, 7/19/06)

In 2009, Obama Pledged To Reform Social Security And Medicare. “President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare ‘bargain’ with the American people, saying that the nation’s long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.” (Michael D. Shear, “Obama Pledges Reform Of Social Security, Medicare Programs,” The Washington Post, 1/16/09)

“Obama Pledges Reform of Social Security, Medicare Programs” (in 2009): “What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further,” [President Obama] said. “We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else’s.” (Michael D. Shear, “Obama Pledges Reform of Social Security, Medicare Programs,” The Washington Post, 1/16/09)

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