DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz: GOP Budget Plan Kills Seniors
Apparently, Alan Grayson was not available when the DNC chose Wasserman Schultz to lead the party.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN viewers last night that the GOP budget plan will kill the elderly.
The Hill reported:
Republicans’ budget plan would put seniors’ lives at risk, the incoming chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said Thursday.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman tapped by President Obama to lead the DNC, said she stood by her characterization of Republicans’ 2012 budget as a “death trap” for seniors.
When pressed on whether she intended to say that the GOP budget put seniors’ lives at risk, Wasserman Schultz doubled down.
“That’s exactly what I’m suggesting,” she said during an appearance on CNN.
The Republican budget, drafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would reform Medicare and Medicaid in significant ways, chiefly by replacing the existing system with block grants to states, which in turn would have the ability to tailor their own systems.
“Sixty percent of seniors in nursing homes are on Medicaid,” Wasserman Schultz said on MSNBC. “And it stands to reason that if you are going after the total amount of spending on Medicaid, the way Paul Ryan’s Republican plan does, and you dramatically cut the amount of money you’re giving to states, and block-granting that program, it stands to reason that frail, elderly senior citizens in nursing homes, who are going to not be able to get into nursing homes anymore because Medicaid won’t be there for them, will not survive.“
Of course, this comes from the party that just slashed $500 billion from Medicare with the Obamacare bill.