Daily Kos reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is insisting that cutting Medicare is a condition for Republican agreement to raise the debt limit. If that is true, and it appears to be, Republicans have now gone public declaring war on Medicare. They are determined to make Democrats make a choice, allow the U.S. government to go into default and suffer the sure near-Depression that will follow or destroy Medicare as we have known it putting the health of all elderly Americans at risk.
We now know EXACTLY where Republicans stand with regard to Medicare and the elderly. This isn’t about the deficit. [See my post earlier today about a Center for American Progress plan to fix the deficit without destroying Medicare. ] This is about the effort of the Republican Party to use the deficit—something they created—to abolish entitlement and the social safety net.