Pelosi Slams GOP For Reviving Call To Privatize Social Security, Medicare

Congressional Quarterly/Newscom

Add Congress’ most powerful Democrat to the list of very senior members who are whipping Republicans for having a long-term plan to privatize and slash entitlements.

“Anybody who wants to see the difference between Democrats and Republicans need only look at their budgets,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at the DNC today. “The Republican budget provides tax breaks for the wealthy, it ends Medicare as we know it, and privatizes Social Security. Here they go again. Rehashing the same failed Bush policies.”

She’s referring to the far-reaching roadmap, introduced recently by the House Republicans’ top budget guy–Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)–for addressing the country’s long-term fiscal challenges…“So I want you to take that home,” Pelosi said. “The Republican budget that they presented to the House earlier this week, privatizes Social Security, turns Medicare into a voucher program, ends it as we know it today.”

Republicans have distanced themselves from the plan. Soon they may be wishing that this Ryan guy would just go away.

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