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Unsafe at Any Age? 55-And-Above May No Longer Be Off-Limits To Ryan’s Medicare Ax

House GOP Budget May Break Pledge To Spare Those Nearing Retirement From Medicare Cuts

Mar 5, 2013

Washington Post: "...GOP lawmakers...fear the balanced-budget goal will force them to abandon a campaign pledge not to reduce Medicare benefits for those who are now 55 and older."

Washington Post: "...Medicare cuts targeting people as old as 58 are under discussion"

Politico: "[Proposal] has sharp political teeth ... Republicans have been arguing for two years that their plans wouldn't affect Medicare coverage for anyone older than 54"




House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI):"Those in or near retirement should not be forced to reorganize their lives because of government's mistakes.  That's why our budget ensures no changes for those 55 years old or older." [House Budget Committee Video, 5/25/11]


Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): "We've put forward our plan.  And our plan said that no one 55 or older would have any changes to their current plan." [CBS Face the Nation, 5/15/11]


Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA): "When we came out with our budget, we said, look, let's at least put people on notice, but preserve those who are 55 and older." [WSJ, 8/5/11]


Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy: "No, look at our budget. If you are 55 or older, there is no change for you." [Bloomberg Political Capital, 6/24/11]


House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX): "Anybody who's 55 and up absolutely stays on the current system. So it doesn't affect current seniors or near seniors." [Fox Business Network, 2/16/12]


House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Tom Price (R-GA):  "No changes for those 55 and above." [House Budget Committee Remarks, 5/6/11]


House Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford (R-OK): "Let me be clear: the Republican plan would not affect current Medicare beneficiaries, or any American 55 or older." [Weekly Republican Address, 4/30/11]


Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL): "Under Chairman Ryan's plan, seniors 55 and older would not be affected in any way. That is an important point. For those of us under 55, we must take steps to ensure Medicare will still be around when we retire." [Republican Response to Presidential Address, 5/14/11]


Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT): "If you're 55 years old and older, you're not going to have an effect." [MSNBC, 8/15/12]


Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): "The Ryan plan saves our vital health and retirement programs without changing benefits for anyone age 55 or older." [Press Release, 4/15/11]


Republican Conference Secretary Virginia Foxx (R-NC): "If you're 55 and above you will not have any changes whatsoever to Medicare." [Yadkin Ripple, 8/28/12]


Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): "The structure of the program would remain the same for people older than 55. People younger than 55 would also be able to choose traditional Medicare as one of two options available to them." [USA Today, 9/18/12]


Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE): "Now, the Ryan plan, on the other hand, says this. It says, look, if you're 55 or older, you get a pass. We're just going to say, Medicare continues, and you're not going to be impacted by any change.." [Teleconference, 5/26/11]