Jeb Bush, who is being sold to America as the moderate from the almost twenty Republicans now running to be the GOP's presidential nominee, told an audience at a Koch Brothers event in New Hampshire, he's squarely with those that want to dismantle Medicare, one of America's most important safety net programs for the elderly.
On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a crowd in New Hampshire that Americans need to consider ways to "phase out" Medicare.
The former Florida governor, who was speaking at an event hosted by the Koch-brothers supported group Americans for Prosperity, also suggested "people understand" and agree with him on the issue.
"They know, and I think a lot of people recognize that we need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits, that are receiving the benefits," Bush said. "But that we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something—because they're not going to have anything."
It doesn't matter to conservatives that the costs of Medicare have been significantly lower than what the experts had previously predicted ten years because their main goal in life is to do away with all government programs that helps its citizens going back to the New Deal.
As long as we're on the subject of annual trustees reports, the 2015 Medicare report was released today too. And if the Social Security report was slightly good news, the Medicare report is, once again, spectacularly good news.
Ten years ago, Medicare was a runaway freight train. Spending was projected to increase indefinitely, rising to 13 percent of GDP by 2080. This year, spending is projected to slow down around 2040, and reaches only 6 percent of GDP by 2090.
Six percent! That's half what we thought a mere decade ago. If that isn't spectacular, I don't know what is.
Get ready for the Mediscare push to begin. I'm not sure why Republicans think this is an idea that elderly voters will get behind. It didn't work for his brother on Social Security and it won't work on Medicare.