Campaign 2010

Jul 30, 2014

Will Hurd’s Dangerous Plan Would ‘Inevitably Force Enormous Cuts to Medicare’

Today marks the 49th anniversary of Medicare being signed into law – but Will Hurd’s indiscriminate and reckless budget plan would slash Medicare and jeopardize this vital program for West Texas seniors.

According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a budget plan like Hurd’s would “inevitably force enormous cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and possibly Social Security.” According to the CBPP, the plan would likely force Medicare to be replaced with a voucher program, ending the traditional Medicare guarantee.

Multiple reports have already detailed how Hurd’s budget plan would “slash benefits for Texas veterans,” indiscriminately endangering vital services that veterans have earned like VA medical care, disability services and business loans for veterans.

“Will Hurd’s dangerous plan would jeopardize the Medicare guarantee that West Texas seniors have earned for the sake of his reckless politics,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Instead of rooting out waste and abuse or closing tax loopholes abused by the ultra-wealthy, Hurd would force seniors and veterans to pay more – which is just the latest sign that Hurd is out of touch with West Texas values.”   

BACKGROUND:

Hurd Endorsed “Cuts of 16 Percent Across the Board” to the Federal Budget. “Hurd said that Congress needs to cap federal spending to ‘a percentage of GDP— 18% is a good number’ because that was the number when the budget was last balanced. ‘That would translate to cuts of 16% across the board.’” [saraforamerica.com, 1/17/14]

Nearly Identical Plan Would Force Deep Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the CAP Act, a proposal to limit federal spending to no more than 20.6 percent of GDP – a higher spending cap than Hurd suggested – would “inevitably force enormous cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and possibly Social Security.” [CBPP, 4/15/11]

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: “Only Practical Way To Generate Savings Of That Magnitude” Would Be to Turn Medicare into a Voucher Program. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, under the CAP Act, which would limit federal spending to no more than 20.6 percent of GDP: “The only practical way to generate savings of that magnitude would be to replace traditional Medicare with a voucher for the purchase of private insurance and to convert Medicaid to a block grant, as the Ryan plan would do.” [CBPP, 4/15/11]