Apr 6, 2011

Profiles In Courage: Leader Pelosi Confirms Plan For Medicare…Do Nothing

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi made a stunning admission on a conference call today. Leader Pelosi unveiled her preference for the Democrats’ strategy for Medicare: do absolutely nothing.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Suggested That Democrats Echo Their 2005 Strategy On Social Security And Not Offer Any Alternative To Republican Plans To Save Medicare. “On a conference call with bloggers, Nancy Pelosi urged Dems to fashion their response to Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposals on the Democratic Party’s successful defeat of Social Security privatization, and made a critical point: Dems succeeded in 2005 because they did not take the GOP’s bait by offering their own plan to ‘fix’ Social Security. … She suggested that Dems should keep that message in mind as they prepare to do battle over Ryan’s Medicare proposals.” (Greg Sargent, “Pelosi: Dems Shouldn’t Take GOP’s Bait On Medicare,” The Washington Post’s “The Plum Line” Blog, 4/6/11)

  • PELOSI: “We got criticized for it, but it was the most important thing. … We couldn’t have our own proposal on Social Security because it would confuse the public.” (Greg Sargent, “Pelosi: Dems Shouldn’t Take GOP’s Bait On Medicare,” The Washington Post’s “The Plum Line” Blog, 4/6/11)

But Democrats might want to check with President Obama and independent experts before they embrace Leader Pelosi’s strategy…