Vote number 11-SV077 the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts
on May 25, 2011
regarding bill HCR34&SCR21 Ryan Budget Plan
Results: Failed 40-57
Proponent's Arguments for voting Yes:
[Sen. DeMint, R-SC]: The Democrats have Medicare on a course of bankruptcy. Republicans are trying to save Medicare & make sure there are options for seniors in the future. Medicare will not be there 5 or 10 years from now. Doctors will not see Medicare patients at the rate [Congress will] pay.
[Sen. Ayotte, R-NH]: We have 3 choices when it comes to addressing rising health care costs in Medicare. We can do nothing & watch the program go bankrupt in 2024. We can go forward with the President's proposal to ration care through an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats. Or we can show real leadership & strengthen the program to make it solvent for current beneficiaries, and allow future beneficiaries to make choices.
Opponent's Arguments for voting No:
[Sen. Conrad, D-ND]: In the House Republican budget plan, the first thing they do is cut $4 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years. For the wealthiest among us, they give them an additional $1 trillion in tax reductions. To offset these massive new tax cuts, they have decided to shred the social safety net. They have decided to shred Medicare. They have decided to shred program after program so they can give more tax cuts to those who are the wealthiest among us.
[Sen. Merkley, D-TK]: The Republicans chose to end Medicare as we know it. The Republican plan reopens the doughnut hole. That is the hole into which seniors fall when, after they have some assistance with the first drugs they need, they get no assistance until they reach a catastrophic level. It is in that hole that seniors have had their finances devastated. We fixed it. Republicans want to unfix it and throw seniors back into the abyss. Then, instead of guaranteeing Medicare coverage for a fixed set of benefits for every senior--as Medicare does now--the Republican plan gives seniors a coupon and says: Good luck. Go buy your insurance. If the insurance goes up, too bad.
Voting NO counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5:
More federal funding for health coverage;
Voting YES counts for -1 points on VoteMatch question 5.
Voting YES counts as answer C on AmericansElect question 3;
When you think about healthcare reform in the United States, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
Voting NO counts as answer B on AmericansElect question 3
- A: The Government should be the sole provider of healthcare insurance
- B: The Government should have a major role in providing healthcare insurance
- C: The Government should have a limited role in providing healthcare insurance
- D: Only private companies should provide healthcare insurance
- E: Unsure
voting on 11-SV077
||NO||VT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative|