Boehner’s $420 billion healthcare spending spree

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House Speaker John Boehner has announced a “fix” to Medicare–which comes at a whopping $400 billion in new spending over the next twenty years.

Boehner plans to introduce legislation that would hike Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate,” the formula that dictates how the federal government reimburses doctors who serve Medicare patients.

Outside conservative groups, like Heritage Action, are fuming–and planning to fight this bill, before it becomes law. And Boehner’s Republican colleagues in Congress aren’t too happy about it either.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), for example, joked that Boehner and House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, actually share a “joint speakership” after the number of one-sided “compromises” that Boehner has given to Pelosi recently.

He goes on to argue that new spending–at a time of record deficits–makes Republicans into hypocrites:

“Talking to some if my fellow conservatives, I said, ‘How do we tell Democrats we’re serious about cutting spending when our spending will bulk up? My worry is that… we’re going to break open the budget caps. That’s what we’re doing.”

Boehner sees this fight differently–as a chance to make real change to Medicare, without partisan politics.

“There was an opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to find the appropriate spending offsets,” Boehner said. “The door opened and I decided to walk in.”

It remains to be seen whether Boehner can get enough Republicans on his side to pass the new Medicare spending, or whether conservatives will stop his plans in their tracks.

Adam Campbell
Adam Campbell is a former military brat, who grew up all over the world--but considers Milwaukee, WI, where he and his wife currently live, to be his home. He enjoys reporting the real news, without bias.
  • Ray Tripp

    Sure beats the hell out of Obama robbing 700 billion out of Medicare over 10 years to pay for dead beats medical that they cant afford the deductible on!

  • Al

    A nation that can afford to spend a trillion or more per year on military, war and covert operations can afford a measly 400 billion to care for its elderly.

  • Al

    A nation that can afford a trillion dollars or more per year on military, war and covert operations can afford a measly 400 billion to care for its elderly.

  • I gor 1 says Boehner needs to get out and let someone who loves our COUNTRY to do what needs to be done….BOEHNER IS NO REAL AMERICAN OR HE WOULD STAND UP TO OBAMA..