Labor greens chase seniors vote

Labor greens chase seniors vote

In the aftermath of the Senate defeat of two measures to extend Medicare benefits that would have seen millions of seniors covered, Republicans have shifted their focus to the next Republican target: seniors’ votes for Medicare Part D.

The new effort appears to be geared toward seniors who like to run on iss바카라사이트ues such as the deficit and taxes. It includes proposals to increase funding for family physician assistants, create a Medicare trust fund to pay for treatment for cancer, increase Medicare premiums and reduce payments to providers with higher incomes.

The changes are also aimed at older Americans who rely heavily on social security checks for retirement security, an issue in which Republicans have generally dominated the campaign.

“We have got to change the attitude in the Republican Party to seniors. That’s w바카라here we’ve got to go,” said Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman who is running for president. “We have got to start talking about social security rather than Social Security for all seniors.”

The push on Medicare would be unlikejarvees.comly to affect House races in swing states such as Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Illinois, which hold races in November, and where there is no Republican incumbent.

But with some polls showing a narrowing gap between the parties on Medicare, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said Tuesday that he doesn’t see the Medicare vote as a lock-step vote for Republicans going forward.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a deciding vote because of my personal views or because of my party,” Amash said. “It’s going to be an election, and if Democrats and Republicans both have a strong record of governing, why would seniors want to vote for us on Medicare? They want to live longer, better and stay healthy.”

Amash’s comments are among several Republicans arguing that Medicare would be a political winner for Democrats — particularly with seniors.

President Barack Obama has not said whether he would go further on the need for a Medicare deal with Republicans or if he would keep talking about a bipartisan approach.

Rep. Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican who helped draft a deal on a longer term deficit deal on Wednesday, said if Medicare could be negotiated away from Congress, Republicans would be better off than if not.

But Obama has said he won’t negotiate directly with Congress on his deficit agenda, suggesting he would prefer to sit down directly with Republican governors and lawmakers to find a way to pay for it and that he would not make the deal more difficult to negotiate with Democrats.

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