Pelosi Sets ‘The Record Straight’ on Dem Budget Cuts, Entitlement Reform

Even as President Obama and GOP House Speaker John Boehner debate how to avoid the coming so-called fiscal cliff, and whether to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, Democrats already are on record with $1.6 trillion in proposed federal spending cuts and have enacted entitlement reform through the landmark 2010 healthcare reform law, according to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Where are the cuts? They’re in bills that you, Mr. Speaker, have voted for. Secondly, on the issue of the entitlement, with the Affordable Care Act and with legislation, and with suggestions, provisions in the President’s budget, it amounts to over $1 trillion in savings in Medicare, over $1 trillion in savings which have been redirected to prolonging the life … Continue reading

Still No Love, Or Trust, For Romney On The Right

Possibly complicating his challenge to President Obama, Republican Mitt Romney finds the peace he had fashioned with those on the right wing of his party to be in serious trouble. Although conservatives have long distrusted and criticized Romney as too moderate, most quieted their barbs after the former Massachusetts governor formally won enough delegates required to clinch the GOP presidential nomination. Now, with the Republican convention in Tampa just weeks away, Romney finds a new open rebellion on his right flank. The major cause for the new conservative rancor is an interview that his chief campaign spokeswoman gave to Fox News in which she touted the benefits of the state-level healthcare reform Romney enacted as governor. The spokeswoman was rebutting … Continue reading

Secession Continues, Nobody Notices.

They pounded on the table, all right. And, if you’ll watch the news over the past couple of weeks or so, or months or so, or YEARS or so, ALL they’ve done is pound the table. Quite successfully in 2010, you might recall … Continue reading

On Healthcare Reform, Schumer Tells GOP: Get Over It

Now that the Supreme Court largely has upheld healthcare reform, a top Senate Democrat has a message to all of the law’s conservative opponents: Get over it. Problem is: the Republicans aren’t likely to listen. After two years of fierce opposition and vitriol from the right regarding healthcare reform, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of most of the key aspects of the landmark 2010 law. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the third-highest-ranking Senate Democrat, says it’s time for the GOP to finally let go of the “Obamacare” boogeyman. “This decision preserves not only the health care law, but also the Supreme Court’s position as an institution above politics. Just as Speaker Boehner vowed not to spike the … Continue reading

Fast Out The Box: Pelosi Quick To Laud Healthcare ‘Victory’

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi was fast to react to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of healthcare reform, apparently beating even President Obama to the punch to claim victory in Thursday’s historic ruling. The high court appeared to have upheld at least most of the 2010 healthcare reform law, including the controversial individual mandate which will require most Americans to have some sort of health coverage — or face financial penalties. In the end, even Chief Justice John Roberts — a hero of the right wing — reportedly sided with the court majority to uphold the reform law. Pelosi’s office released her statement on the matter just minutes after the high court announced its ruling. The California Democrat, who as … Continue reading

Progressive Leader: Trustees Report Points To More, Not Less, Health Reform

Prominent conservatives are wrong when they blame healthcare reform for Medicare’s budget woes, according to the head of a progressive Washington policy shop. Rather, Medicare would be better off with more government financing — not less, he adds. The trustees of Social Security and Medicare on Monday released their latest report. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the powerful chairman of the House Budget Committee, was quick to allege that the 2010 healthcare reform law “raids over $500 billion from Medicare to finance a new health care entitlement, and hands Medicare’s fate over to an unaccountable board of 15 unelected bureaucrats.” Not true, says Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future. “Those who have always wanted to cut Social Security … Continue reading

Democrats Sees Bad Signs At High Court For Healthcare Reform Law

With at least much of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc “spoken for,” a pair of Democratic strategists say that they are not as optimistic as perhaps the Obama administration appears to be that the healthcare reform law will survive this week’s legal challenge at the high court. Oral arguments began this week at the high court in a number of cases brought against the landmark two-year-old law. The court could rule for or against all or part of healthcare reform as early as June. “Conservatives have made national health care a partisan issue because it was such a signal accomplishment by President Obama,” says a statement issued Monday by Robert Weiner, former senior White House spokesman, and national Democratic strategist; … Continue reading

‘Obamacare Is Working’

Its fate may be in the hands of the Supreme Court come Monday, but on Friday Democrats were not shy about defending the landmark 2010 healthcare reform law on the second anniversary of its enactment. While President Obama himself talked about healthcare reform Friday only in the form of a single quote on the White House website, many other prominent Democrats were much more voluble — including Vice President Joe Biden, who extolled the virtues of reform in an email to supporters for the Democratic National Committee. But perhaps the boldest defense of healthcare reform came from the man who has his hand on the president’s political pulse, the head of the Obama 2012 re-election campaign. Campaign Manager Jim Messina … Continue reading