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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:23 PM

Pelosi Takes Hardest Line Against Raising Medicare Eligibility Age - TPMDC

Pelosi Takes Hardest Line Against Raising Medicare Eligibility Age
Brian Beutler - TPMDC
December 13, 2012, 11:22 AM



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At her weekly Capitol press briefing Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took her hardest line yet against raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 in a deal to avoid a major automatic fiscal contraction next year.

And for the first time in this round of high-stakes budget negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner she used her clout with House Democrats — whose votes will be necessary to pass any deal they cut — to warn them off of major benefit cuts.

“As I have said, don’t even think about raising Medicare age,” Pelosi said. “We are not throwing America’s seniors over the cliff to give a tax cuts to the wealthiest people in America.”

Asked in a followup question whether she was worried that Obama’s willingness in 2011 to entertain a higher Medicare age and other cuts to social insurance benefits suggests he might agree to similar cuts today, Pelosi issued a subtle warning to both men.

“The President knows our views shares our values, we respect his leadership,” she said. “And the Speaker may need our votes to go forward.”


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:29 PM

1. smart move...as this puts any demands for cutting benefits

Squarely on the shoulders of Boner..even though he doesn't have the guts to ask for what he wants

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:31 PM

2. We need to lower the age.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:35 PM

3. Sand, meet Line!

Well played and well put!

“We are not throwing America’s seniors over the cliff to give a tax cuts to the wealthiest people in America.”

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:17 PM

4. Kick! n/t

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