Youth voters ask: Where’s your Medicare plan, President Obama?

posted at 5:40 pm on June 2, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In a CNN poll released yesterday, nearly half of those polled said they prefer President Barack Obama’s approach to Medicare to the GOP plan. Predictably, the poll, with its overwhelmingly dreary news for Republicans, led some in the GOP to ask: Will the Ryan plan cost us in 2012?

But for those who actually care about the future of Medicare, that question is all wrong. At the moment, President Obama doesn’t even have a plan to reform the program. A better question to ask would be: “Where’s your plan, President Obama?”

Fortunately, some have begun to ask just that question — and they happen to be those voters with the largest stake in the reform debate. This week, Let Freedom Ring and the College Republican National Committee launched WheresYourPlan.com, a youth website petitioning President Obama to present a substantive plan to save Medicare. The site’s petition reads:

Dear President Obama,

We’re the generation with the biggest stake in the Medicare reform debate. Medicare trustees report it will be bankrupt in 13 years.

We want Medicare for our generation if we’re going to be forced to pay into the program.

You don’t have a plan to make it solvent.

The GOP does.

Mr. President: Where’s Your Plan?

You can’t criticize a serious plan, until you’ve presented your own.

Whoever crafted the CNN poll must not have minded misleading voters with questions that offered no real specifics. But Let Freedom Ring and the College Republican National Committee refuse to let President Obama — or CNN — off the hook.

“How can CNN possibly poll whether Americans prefer Obama’s or Ryan’s approach to Medicare when the president doesn’t have an approach?” said Alex Cortes, 22-year-old executive director of Let Freedom Ring. “Putting aside his moral obligation to save the program for our generation, he should present a plan at the very least so CNN can conduct an honest poll.”

At the very, very least.


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Fire up the teleprompter!

rjoco1 on June 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Doesn’t need to. People are so stupid they think free money falls from sky to pay for Medicare.

andy85719 on June 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Republicans have the worst PR machine in the history of PR machines.

angryed on June 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM

“Whoever crafted the CNN poll must not have minded misleading voters with questions that offered no real specifics…”

Thank the Lord for our “Free and Independent” press…

/

Seven Percent Solution on June 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM

BREAKING:
WH Rapid Response Team activated; expect heavy Tweeting this evening.

BobMbx on June 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Obama kinda revealed his Medicare plan. Obamacare cuts the heck out of Medicare. Why the GOP doesn’t hammer this point, I have no idea….

joejm65 on June 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

What a push poll….what plan? How about asking do you prefer the nonexistent plan offered by a president who can not get his act together, or an honest effort plan proposed by the GOP? It is just about the same thing.

I heard Ryan on Covuto and after he said that he was sorry that Daniels had not run, he started sounding a little less adamant about not running himself..or so I thought.

He made that point that he thought that over time people would change their minds on this plan. We shall see.

Terrye on June 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Republicans have the worst PR machine in the history of PR machines.

angryed on June 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM

There is one…

alwaysfiredup on June 2, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Republicans have the worst PR machine in the history of PR machines.

angryed on June 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I don’t think it is that simple…people just do not want to hear the truth. That is the problem and when the Democrats are ready to lie and the media is ready to mislead then it makes it very difficult for any kind of PR to counter that..after all, it is not as if people want to believe this. I can remember when Bush tried to reform social security and much the same thing happened…thanks to the media and AARP and the Democrats. Sometimes I think the checks will have to start bouncing before people get the message.

Terrye on June 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

At the moment, President Obama doesn’t even have a plan to reform the program.

Yes he does have a plan. Here it is: He says nothing while the GOP issues plan after plan as we head towards the cliff. When everyone is screaming, he picks one and calls it his own idea, then blames the GOP for demagoging.

pedestrian on June 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Dear Liar’s plan:

1) Speech demagoging Republicans
2) Something
3) Medicare!

rbj on June 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Republicans have the worst PR machine in the history of PR machines.

angryed on June 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM

There is one…

alwaysfiredup on June 2, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I think you missed your question mark…

There is one…?

UnderstandingisPower on June 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Let’s see: O’bammies plan consists of lying and condemning the right and raising taxes.

Good thing with have the NSM on the job to expose all those lies……

Chip on June 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Polling looks bad no matter how you cut it. Reps might lose house.

andy85719 on June 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Obamacare cuts $500 billion from Medicare.

Obamacare appoints a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats to decide how much doctors will be paid and for which services under Medicare.

Obamacare limits increases in Medicare spending, leading to even fewer doctors and hospitals participating, leading to less access to care for seniors (rationing), and leading to higher costs for the rest of us.

Under Obamacare, according to the plans’ trustees, Medicare goes bankrupt even sooner than projected last year.

So who exactly is pushing Granny over the cliff?

publiuspen on June 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I guess no one is going to do an analysis of the latest Gallup poll showing O at 53 percent. If true, this Ryan plan is vaporizing any hope in 2012.

andy85719 on June 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I will have my medicare plan in a few days, not weeks. – Hussein Louie Obama

HalJordan on June 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I don’t think the story here is misleading polls.

The story is that voters don’t seem to know that the President doesn’t have a plan. He’s still making his ‘blank canvass” schtick work.

When given the choice between a real plan and a non-existent plan they chose a non-existent plan because, since the President has no specific plan, the President’s plan can be whatever they want to believe it is.

In their minds it’s a magical plan that gets rid of the deficit without having to cut anything except whatever programs that given individual doesn’t like.

JadeNYU on June 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Why the GOP doesn’t hammer this point, I have no idea….

joejm65 on June 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

It might interfere with their Tea and Crumpets.

HalJordan on June 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Most people are so stupid, they will answer any question pushed on them by a pollster. A CNN poll asking about Obama’s Merdicare plan — give me a break.

The only polls worth reading are polls that poll likely voters and that ask the right questions. The polls have to be correctly weighted for age groups, location, party affiliation, etc. Do you think that CNN or CBS News follows all of those requirements accurately? Think again.

RUDYJ on June 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM

In a CNN poll released yesterday, nearly half of those polled said they prefer President Barack Obama’s approach to Medicare to the GOP plan

“Nearly half” means that CNN couldn’t even get its skewed group to 50% approval of Obama? That doesn’t sound grim to me.

LASue on June 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM

What do you need with medicare when you can qualify for welfare by just making less money?

DanaSmiles on June 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Good article, but there’s another way to avoid the mandate. Say you are a muslim.

slickwillie2001 on June 2, 2011 at 6:05 PM

When Granny and Grampy come home in a plastic bag, Hurrah! Hurrah!
Obama will give them a hearty high five then, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The Doctor of Life and Death degree is ready now
To place upon His Godly brow
The Emanuels will cheer, the Kevorkians will shout
The eugenicists they will all turn out
And the old folks will all be dead by Christmas time next year!

Cheshire Cat on June 2, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Obama kinda revealed his Medicare plan. Obamacare cuts the heck out of Medicare. Why the GOP doesn’t hammer this point, I have no idea….

joejm65 on June 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

See my post at 5:44 for the answer to your question.

angryed on June 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Polling looks bad no matter how you cut it. Reps might lose house.

andy85719 on June 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Nancy Pelosi sock puppet?

iurockhead on June 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Get ready for the Ezekiel Emanuel Jubilee
Hurrah! Hurrah!
He’ll give Herr Obama three times three
Hurrah! Hurrah!
And he will feel so happy and gay
When Granny and Grammpy are placed at the funeral home on display

Cheshire Cat on June 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

A distorted MSM poll? Who’d a thunk it?

OhioCoastie on June 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I don’t think it is that simple…people just do not want to hear the truth. That is the problem and when the Democrats are ready to lie and the media is ready to mislead then it makes it very difficult for any kind of PR to counter that..after all, it is not as if people want to believe this. I can remember when Bush tried to reform social security and much the same thing happened…thanks to the media and AARP and the Democrats. Sometimes I think the checks will have to start bouncing before people get the message.

Terrye on June 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Yeah there is some of that. But where is the GOP ad on TV talking about the Ryan plan? Nothing. Not a peep. The Dems are playing the kill grandma ads 24/7 and the response from the GOP is silence. You don’t win like that.

angryed on June 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Obama’s Medicare plan:

1. Demogogue the issue to get re-elected in 2012.
2. ?????
3. Medicare is saved!!

PackerBronco on June 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM

If young people don’t care then too bad for them. Old people need to take care of themselves now. It was the young people who gave all that power to Obama and the Dems. If there is no Social Security, Medicare or HealthCare for them, they’ve only themselves to blame.

Young people are going to find out, like the people in those European countries like Greece, that the place they live in doesn’t have a bottomless pit of money to draw upon, that you can beat every penny out of the dirty old rich people you want and still not have enough money to satisfy what Obama and the Dems have promised. Yeah, talk all you want about how horrible Republicans are, blah, blah, blah but you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. That’s what happens when any country gives massive amounts of money to the government and the only happy people are those who are employed by the government.

BillCarson on June 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Unless something happens I am almost thinking the GOP wants to lose in 2012. Let it all collapse, let the Democrats take all the blame then come back in 2016.

albill on June 2, 2011 at 6:35 PM

And…. who believes CNN polls anyway? Even if their sample is representative, they have proven to be so dishonest it is believable that they would simply poll a total number higher than they indicate and then pick and choose responses to come up with numbers they like, or just flat out invent a poll and no one was actually interviewed.

I have two adult millenials and they are both under employed and in debt. Neither are happy with Barry. Next year 20+ million un/under-employed people will be voting for anybody but Obama.

JimP on June 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Is this a good time to bring up THE PAPPY PLAN.

1. Seal the border.
(saves entitlement programs, lowers crime rates, saves State budgets, etc.)

2. 10% across the board Federal spending cuts.
(It’s “FAIR”, affects all equally, is easy to understand, and seems to most as a equitable, everyone gets treated fairly).

A 10% cut this year would lower the deficit by about $300 billion, then next year another $275 billion….and by the time you take these cuts and the savings on entitlements from step 1 bam….

….DEFICIT FREE U.S.A.

PappyD61 on June 2, 2011 at 7:10 PM

“How can CNN possibly poll whether Americans prefer Obama’s or Ryan’s approach to Medicare when the president doesn’t have an approach?”

Because CNN is in the bag for Barry?

GarandFan on June 2, 2011 at 8:29 PM

‘Plans? We don’t need not steeenkin Plans!!’

The WH just wants to spend money any way it pleases via the regulatory regime that Congress has so gleefully set up over the past century. Now he doesn’t want nor need Congress to do anything but fund the regulatory regime so that he can sponge money around as he pleases…

Of course the House could go Department by Department for funding to stop that. Too bad they love slush-fund economics to run government. That broken promise will lead to far more economic catastrophe very quickly.

And Medicare will still go insolvent no matter what the ‘plan’ is because having it around in any way, shape or form is bankrupting the Nation as it is. And that was BEFORE Obamacare rolled around.

ajacksonian on June 2, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Yet another example of dishonesty from the Clown News Network

Murf76 on June 2, 2011 at 9:56 PM

At the moment, President Obama doesn’t even have a plan to reform the program.

Yes he does have a plan. Here it is: He says nothing while the GOP issues plan after plan as we head towards the cliff. When everyone is screaming, he picks one and calls it his own idea, then blames the GOP for demagoging.

pedestrian on June 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

The plan is to have Medicare spectacularly crash and use the ‘crisis’ to institute fully socialized medical care.

Slowburn on June 2, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Obama has a plan. Medicare goes broke and everybody over 65 is tossed off the nearest handy cliff that has not been all used up.

{^_^}

herself on June 3, 2011 at 5:37 AM

Obama: “My um, er,ah,er, medicare plan? Uh,er,eh, It’s in George Soros’ back pocket along with the plan to destroy the U.S…..”

adamsmith on June 3, 2011 at 8:51 AM