Statements about Medicare
Says new Medicare billing guidelines "have nine codes for (injuries by) turkeys."
Federal spending on entitlements "is projected to consume all revenue by 2045."
"Nobody in total is proposing cutting anything. We’re trying to reduce the rate of growth in government."
"Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of (Medicare’s) health care costs."
On his definition of "takers" and "makers"
The so-called doc fix in the fiscal cliff deal will cut payments "for treating illnesses disproportionately impacting minorities, including end stage renal disease and diabetes."
Says U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson "says he’ll do away with Medicare."
Says Mitt Romney "was director of a company that stole millions from Medicare."
"The Ryan budget gets rid of Medicare in 10 years and turns it into a voucher program."
On support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan
Says he "opposed $716 billion cut to Medicare."
Says Bill Young "voted twice for the Ryan budget that ends the current Medicare system."
Says she voted against the Medicare Part D prescription drug program "because it was unfunded."
Says Democrats first proposed prohibiting the government from negotiating prices for prescription drugs in Medicare Part D and he "had nothing to do with" that provision in the law.
Says U.S. Senate rival Tommy Thompson ran Medicare "into the ground" and "nine years closer to bankruptcy."
Says U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson supports a plan for "privatizing Social Security."
Says Connie Mack’s Penny Plan would cut "over $200 billion out of Medicare, over $1 trillion out of Social Security. ... $3 trillion out of defense."
Ann McLane Kuster is "for a government takeover of health care more radical than Obamacare. And she supports a $700 billion cut to Medicare for current retirees."
Says Tammy Baldwin "voted to gut Medicare for seniors."
"President Barack Obama (is) the first president in history to cut Medicare by $700 billion."
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