President Obama Calls For A "Conversation" On Medicare And Medicaid After Ignoring Those Programs In His Own Budget
During his press conference, President Barack Obama recognized that our long-term debt and deficits in large part stem from Medicaid in Medicare and called for a "conversation" about how to "tackle the problem."
President Barack Obama Called Medicare And Medicaid The Primary Cause Of “Our Long-Term Debt And Deficit” And Called For A Conversation About Tackling These Programs. OBAMA: “Our long-term debt and deficit are caused primarily by escalating health care costs that we see in Medicaid and Medicare that is putting huge pressure on the overall budget and that's why I think it's going to be important for us to have a conversation, after we get the short-term budget done, about how do we really tackle the problem in a comprehensive way.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At A Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/11/11)
But what President Obama forgot to mention is that he’s the one who punted on this “conversation” in his budget plan last month. So much for presidential leadership on a plan to save Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid…