Campaign 2010

Dec 12, 2013

DeMaio Shows His Reason Foundation Roots, Wants to Go Beyond Ryan Budget Cuts

In an interview with The Hill, congressional candidate Carl DeMaio made a revealing comment about the kind of reckless agenda he wants to bring to Washington, saying that “the Ryan budget provides a starting point of a lot of good ideas.” That DeMaio would begin his budget work with the Ryan Budget and want to go even further is simply chilling but should be no surprise, given that, in 2011, the Reason Foundation—DeMaio’s ideological home and two-time employer—said that Ryan’s drastic plan to end the Medicare guarantee and raise costs on seniors didn’t go far enough.

“Carl DeMaio’s irresponsible and ideological agenda is wrong for San Diego families and will only add to the dysfunction in Congress,” said Matt Inzeo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “San Diegans want pragmatic leaders who can work hard to help get things done, but Carl DeMaio is already hinting that he would spend his time in Congress hunting for headlines in Washington and pushing his ideological agenda that would end the Medicare guarantee, raise costs for seniors and give special interests more tax breaks.”

BACKGROUND

DeMaio: “The Ryan Budget Provides A Starting Point Of A Lot Of Good Ideas.” [The Hill, 12/12/13]

Medicare Rights Center: “The Ryan Budget Would End Medicare As We Know It.” In a press release, the Medicare Rights Center said: “The budget released today by Representative Ryan repeats an old theme – forcing people with Medicare to pay more for less health security.  The Ryan budget would end Medicare as we know it, replacing guaranteed health benefits with a voucher (or premium support) that seniors and people with disabilities would use to purchase health coverage… Further, the competitive market envisioned by the Ryan plan would slowly grind away traditional Medicare.” [Medicare Rights Center, 3/12/13]

Ryan Budget Could Strip Health Care Coverage For “As Many As 64 Million People.” According to The Hill: “All told, Ryan says those cuts would save the federal government roughly $2.5 trillion over the next decade. As many as 64 million people could lose access to healthcare coverage in the same time frame.” [The Hill, 3/12/13]

  • Headline: Ryan budget would slash health spending, access to coverage [The Hill, 3/12/13]

CBPP: Ryan Budget Would Cut Medicare Spending by a Total of $356 Billion.” According to an analysis of the Ryan budget conducted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “Over the next ten years, the Ryan budget would cut Medicare spending by a total of $356 billion.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/13/13]

Ryan Budget Would Slash Medicaid by $756 Billion. The New York Times reported that in order for the Ryan budget to accomplish its targeted budget cuts, “it assumes $1.8 trillion in savings with the repeal of the subsidized insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion in the president’s Affordable Care Act over 10 years. Medicaid would be cut an additional $756 billion, by turning it into block grants to the states with limited growth. Other so-called mandatory programs — not subject to Congress’s annual discretion — would be cut $962 billion. States would be allowed to put time and access limits on food stamps, for instance, and agricultural subsidies would be cut by $31 billion.” [New York Times, 3/12/13]

Reason Foundation: Ryan’s Medicare Plan Does Not Go Far Enough. In 2011, Reason Foundation senior analyst Shikha Dalmia criticized the Ryan Plan for Medicare saying, “[it] will cost too much and won’t control Medicare spending.” According to Reason Foundation, the Ryan plan contributes to the “liberal Nanny State project” and that seniors should “take responsibility for their own medical destiny.” [Reason Foundation, “Why RyanCare Will Fail,” 4/19/11]


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