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Super Committee Comes Up For Air

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Joint Deficit Reduction "Super Committee," put in charge with finding $4 trillion to cut from the deficit, held their fifth public meeting on Tuesday. But the fate of the Super Committee remains unclear as it is unlikely they will come to consensus any time soon. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, says the hearing was both a pep talk to the committee but also partly a threat. There is a lot riding on them to succeed and a lot of heads could roll if they fail.

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Breaking Down Obama's Deficit Reduction Proposal

Monday, September 19, 2011

[It's as if Obama said,] Republicans don't want to compromise right now, so I'm going to come out with a plan that's closer to what I would actually want if I could do whatever I wanted.

David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Empire

Democrats hit Turner on entitlements in NY Post article

Friday, August 26, 2011

Courtesy of the Turner campaign

The Democrat's national congressional committee is hitting Republican Bob Turner on his comments to the the New York Post editorial board today. As we reported earlier this week, Turner's position on Federal spending and entitlement programs were at odds with one another. But, according to the Post, Turner is indicating cutting a third of the Federal budget could include future changes to Social Security and Medicare:

Turner pledged to push the federal government to rein in the deficit even if that means touching the “third rail” of politics -- cutting spending on entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security that have strong and active political constituencies.

Turner said he would protect people 55 and older by exempting them from an overhaul of the two federal entitlement programs.

Asked if the eligibility age should be raised for people under 55, Turner said, “That’s one of the easy ones.”

He said an increase in Medicare co-payments also has to be considered.

DCCC is claiming this shows Turner is flip-flopping on this issue.

“Bob Turner is just admitting what we already knew – his plan is to cut Medicare and Social Security, forcing seniors to pay more for their health care while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires,” said Josh Schwerin, a DCCC spokesperson said in a statement. “Earlier this week, Bob Turner left Ground Zero volunteers out in the cold, and now he wants to do the same to seniors. New Yorkers simply can’t afford Bob Turner’s extremist Tea Party policies.”

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Turner and Weprin debate in NY-9, casting each other in 2D

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Weprin, left, and Turner, right, with the debate organizers Monday. (Colby Hamilton / WNYC)

But do their claims hold water?

Over the course of the rowdy hour-and-a-half long debate in Queens on Monday, Republican Bob Turner and Democrat David Weprin were asked what scared them most about their opponents.

Weprin began, “I’m very scared of his Tea Party philosophy and his…” The chorus of boos forced him to stop. He continued, “I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the truth. ‘Cut, cut, cut—cut the budget 35 percent and not consider any taxes’…” He was interrupted again by someone shouting, “Stop the spending” to a round of cheers. “And I’m scared of those extreme views even by some of his supporters in the audience.”

“Mr. Weprin is tainted by a long career in politics,” Turner said when he took the mike, silence punctuating his pause between sentences. “He’s part of the system. And that’s why he has got to go.”

With just a few weeks before the election to decide who will succeed Anthony Weiner as the congressman from the 9th Congressional District, the candidates have been going head-to-head in debates this week. A televised debate was taped yesterday, and another live debate was scheduled in the district last night.

Even before the debate, both sides have painted each other as caricatures. One the Obama-loving corrupt career politician who leaves a trail of questionable ethics behind him as he clambers for higher office. The other an obstructionist, dangerous Tea Partier bent on destroying the social safety net that so many in the district count on. In truth, they’re not so much running against each other as test driving the 2012 arguments their respective parties hope will carry them to the White House and into control of Congress.

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State Pension Fund, Budget Would Be Jeopardized by Fed Default: DiNapoli

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

President Barack Obama and Congress do not agree on a way to increase the federal debt ceiling, the default could affect New York State in a number of ways — from a weakened state pension fund to significant gaps in the state budget, the state's comptroller warned.

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The Takeaway

Should Americans Work Until Age 75 to Ease Debt?

Friday, July 22, 2011

As Capitol Hill approaches a deal on the debt ceiling an economist says there’s a simple way for Americans to help erase the country’s debt: work for extra decade beyond the current retirement age of 65. Pippa Malmgren, who was financial market advisor to George W. Bush from 2001-2002, told The Takeaway on Thursday that "the bottom line" is that the U.S. "can fix our problems pretty easily, everybody just has to work ten years longer."

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The Takeaway

Democrats and Republicans Aim for Budget Deal in 10 Days

Monday, July 11, 2011

President Obama will resume talks today with top House and Senate leaders, in an attempt to reach an agreement over deficit reduction. Obama met with leaders from both parties for an hour and fifteen minutes last night, but little progress was made. The president continues to vie for a bold package that would require new taxes and entitlement cuts, while Republicans insist on a more modest plan and oppose tax increases. They're aiming to reach an agreement by August 2.

 

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Debt Ceiling Talks Touch 'Third Rail': Social Security

Friday, July 08, 2011

There could be savings or revenues raised by cutting Social Security benefits, but if on the other side you don't see tax cuts eliminated for the wealthy, it'll be viewed as cutting benefits for Social Security recipients to maintain tax cuts for the wealthy.

Carrie Budoff Brown, Staff Writer for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Obama's Repeating GOP Mistakes on Entitlements

Friday, July 08, 2011

To get Republicans to stay at the table and raise the debt ceiling, President Obama has been goaded into expanding the discussion beyond the threat of an American default into a conversation about entitlement programs. So he offered what Republicans had just been shellacked for suggesting: cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Then he upped the ante and did what President Bush was roundly rebuked for attempting in 2005: he added Social Security reform to the mix.

—Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Third Rail

Friday, July 08, 2011

Carrie Budoff Brown, staff writer for Politico, discusses the potential role of Medicare and Social Security cuts in the debt ceiling negotiations.

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Open Phones: Physician Access

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Obama administration cancelled its "mystery shopper" plans in which it would send researches into the market to test access to primary health care for Medicare and Medicaid patients. We'll take calls from patients and doctors for our own unofficial survey. Are you on Medicare and Medicaid? Have you recently looked for a primary physician? Tell us your story!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

One Nation Under AARP

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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One Nation Under AARP

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

AARP may be the only major force out there that can put the brakes on what seems to be a gathering coalition to really cut into Medicare and to really cut into Social Security.

Frederick R. Lynch, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Susan Page Previews This Week

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Even some of the freshman members of Congress do not seem to understand that raising the debt ceiling isn't only so you can borrow more money it's also that you can pay social security checks and so you can pay the troops on duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is truly a critical measure. John Boehner can say that they're gong to raise the debt ceiling in the end—but he's got a caucus that's pretty resistant to the idea of doing that unless you have really enormous spending cuts and no tax hikes.

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Washington Report

President Chooses Next Joint Chiefs Chairman

Monday, May 30, 2011

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, joins Kerry Nolan to discuss President Obama's pick for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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The Takeaway

How Medicare Will Define 2012 Campaign

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a vote on Representative Paul Ryan's Medicare plan Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to take sides on what has become a defining issue for the 2012 campaign. The vote comes one day after Democrat Kathy Hochul's upset victory in New York's heavily Republican 26th Congressional District. The vote was seen as a chance to test the air on Medicare reform, and Hochul's victory made one thing clear: the winds have changed. Jennifer Steinhauer, congressional correspondent for The New York Times, says that with an election year on the horizon, Democrats are using the opportunity to puff up their sails — while some Republicans are scrambling to change tack.

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Iowa Caucus Reverberations: Is America Beautiful Without Medicare?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Let me remind you that the Iowa caucuses are not about Newt or Sarah Palin. They are about Iowa sending on to New Hampshire and South Carolina someone who can get the nomination and then get elected president.

-Steffen Schmidt , on the power that the Iowa Caucuses hold.

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The Republican Case for Medicare Vouchers

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Right now we don't have an incentive that is based appropriately in the consumer world. There are no incentives to bring those costs under control, and yet we are faced with a situation in which those restraints will be forced upon the public through mechanisms like [the Affordable Care Act].

— Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY 19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Fiscal Impact of Obama's Budget Speech

Thursday, April 14, 2011

To those people paying the bill, those people under 55, we say, 'You don't get Medicare. You get something less generous, but we don't have any choice.' I think it's deeply unfair to make that big divide and say, 'I've got this great plan, it's really great, it won't harm you, it will save vast amounts of money—but don't worry: so long as you're 55, you won't have to be any part of it.'

David Leonhardt, writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, discussing Paul Ryan's budget on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Open Phones: Medicare

Thursday, April 07, 2011

If you are over 65 and on Medicare call us and tell us what works and what doesn't with your Medicare coverage. 

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