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The U.S. ‘Austerity Budget’ 2013 Plan Includes Major Medicare,Food-stamp and Welfare Reform

“Supposed to be?  Why there were people starving to death, freezing to death, working themselves to death for a silver dime.”
 Yes.  All that really happened. But it did not happen because the United States went broke!
“A conspiracy then?”
Actually it was probably just the reaction of natural law.  As John D. Rockefeller said, “These are days when many are discouraged. In the 93 years of my life, depressions have come and gone. Prosperity has always returned and will again.” 

The Wisconsin Republican’s proposal places greater limits on federal spending for Medicare than last year’s blueprint.
Kaiser Health News: New Ryan Budget Would Transform Medicare, Medicaid 
The plan would gradually raise the eligibility age to 67 by 2034 and cap Medicare spending growth at Gross Domestic Product growth plus 0.5 percentIt would turn Medicaid over to the states in the form of a federal block grant, “constraining Medicaid’s growing cost trajectory by $810 billion over ten years,” according to the document (Werber Serafini, 3/20).
Kaiser Health News posted documents related to the Ryan budget plan.
In addition, KHN has video clips of the Tuesday news conference on Capitol Hill, at which House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as well as Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said that the sweeping changes proposed to Medicare in the GOP 2013 budget would protect the program (3/20).
CBS News: GOP House Budget Sets Up Next Spending, Medicare Fights
As he did in last year’s proposed budget, Ryan once again proposes significant changes to Medicare. … This year, Ryan’s plan is modeled after a bipartisan proposal (which Ryan crafted with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon) — though it still calls for significant changes many Democrats are likely to strongly oppose. Starting in 2023, the plan would give seniors subsidies to purchase either private insurance or traditional, government-run insurance on an exchange (Condon, 3/20).MORE

 Path to Prosperity 2013

Supreme Court Braces For Health Law Frenzy

MAR 21, 2012
The high court is scheduled to hear three days of oral arguments related to the legal challenges to the health law. Amid the expected media attention, political posturing and spin contests, interested parties are finalizing their arguments and strategies.
Politico: Health Law Heads Back Into Spotlight
For those who support the health care reform law, the trick next week will be to get the public to see it as a bunch of pieces — the parts everyone likes. For the opponents, the goal is to paint it as one big, scary law: “Obamacare” (Haberkorn, 3/20).
The Hill: Supreme Court Faces An Unprecedented Health Care Frenzy
The frenzy generated by the Supreme Court’s arguments on the health care reform law next week is likely to dwarf anything the court has ever seen. Lawmakers and interest groups plan to stage protests and events outside the court nearly nonstop, creating a circus-like atmosphere for a case that could redefine the limits of federal power (Baker, 3/20).
NPR: White House Preps For Court’s Health Care Ruling
Most of the president’s speeches these days focus on jobs or gas prices. But the health care law is his signature achievement, and it always gets a mention at political events. … The law will be back in the spotlight next week when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments about the Affordable Care Act. The White House is gearing up to defend the policy, sending top administration officials out across the country to explain the law’s benefits. The focus this week is on women, who are key health care consumers and an all-important demographic for the president’s re-election bid (Liasson, 3/21).
The Hill: Obama Will Avoid Health Care Defense During Court Review
President Obama will not mark the two-year anniversary of his signing of the health care law — which takes place days before the Supreme Court offers a decision on the constitutionality of his signature legislative achievement. 


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