Obama and Budget Director Certain on Most Facets of ’12 Budget (Just Don’t Ask About Medicare & Medicaid)

February 17, 2011
65 Views

President Obama has referred to Medicare and Medicaid as the “two biggest drivers of long term deficit growth”. So it’s no surprise that the 2012 Budget addresses these issues copiously. What is somewhat surprising, however, is the general distaste by some in his own party as to the challenges in reconciling the budget morass ahead.

President Obama has referred to Medicare and Medicaid as the “two biggest drivers of long term deficit growth”. So it’s no surprise that the 2012 Budget addresses these issues copiously. What is somewhat surprising, however, is the general distaste by some in his own party as to the challenges in reconciling the budget morass ahead.

Some Democrats, notably Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., joined the chorus of skeptics, while Obama scrambled to defend his $3.73 trillion fiscal 2012 budget at a news conference.

Among those who do support some sort of bipartisan approach to solving — at the very least, the budget problems concerning entitlements — there is frustration on his lack of details on just how to get it done.

That puts the onus on Republicans, who won control of the House on a pledge to curb the deficit, to share the risk of proposing unpopular benefit cuts and tax increases to curb entitlement spending, which makes up 40 percent of the budget. It also gives them a chance to take the lead on revamping the two insurance programs and Social Security, something they have vowed to do, though they’ve offered no specifics.

“This is not a matter of ‘you go first’ or ‘I go first,’” Obama said yesterday. It’s about “getting in that boat at the same time so it doesn’t tip over.”

To be fair, it doesn’t look like the GOP is taking a stance on SS, Medicare, and Medicaid entitlements yet, as well. Perhaps both sides see any serious movement on this budgetary issue as a political trap from which there is no rhetorical lifeline on the horizon. Just don’t tell that to states currently grappling with there own fiscal woes in considering balancing budgets to already strained Medicaid coffers — including Minnesota.

Related posts:

  1. States Look for Ways to Combat Imminent Medicaid Costs at Dawn of Reform Some states are using the issue as a campaign 2012…
  2. Obama’s Budget Blueprint Could Foster Permanent Fix to Medicare Deficit Spending I’ve mentioned President Obama’s pay-as-you-go (or, “paygo”) ideal as a…
  3. Those on Political Left Cautiously Mum on Obama’s Medicare Funding Plans When President Obama meets with economic policy leaders later this…

 

You may be interested

Where Is The Balance? Pushing Back Against Consumer Health Tech
eHealth
3 views
eHealth
3 views

Where Is The Balance? Pushing Back Against Consumer Health Tech

Larry Alton - August 18, 2017

When Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz glibly remarked that Americans struggling to afford insurance should choose between that and their smartphones,…

What to Look for in Patient Solutions Software
eHealth
365 views
eHealth
365 views

What to Look for in Patient Solutions Software

Robert Cordray - August 17, 2017

The medical sector is one area where technology has had a significant impact, largely by providing tools that simplify many…

Can Natural Remedies Like RediCalm Decrease Stress and Anxiety?
Wellness
2 views
Wellness
2 views

Can Natural Remedies Like RediCalm Decrease Stress and Anxiety?

Ryan Kh - August 16, 2017

According to research from the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the…