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Pelosi’s plan: Demagogue Medicare
While New Hampshire Democrats plan to take back the Legislature by exploiting state voters’ latent longing for higher spending and taxes, former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a return-to-power plan of her own. In an interview with The Washington Post last week, Pelosi said she planned to target Republican members of Congress in districts that President Obama won in 2008. The message? “Our three most important issues: Medicare, Medicare and Medicare.”
If this is Pelosi’s real strategy for regaining the speakership, then she is even more out of touch now than when she held the gavel.
The latest Bloomberg poll showed these issues as the four that matter most to Americans, in order from first to fourth: unemployment and jobs, federal spending, the federal deficit, and health care. Pelosi plans to run on a fraction of answer No. 4.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 38 percent of respondents supported changing Medicare for people younger than age 55 to one with more choices, as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan does, with 37 percent opposed to doing that. The poll even used the word “voucher” and still got a split answer. But Pelosi thinks the issue’s a winner.
The people are desperate for robust economic growth, and Nancy Pelosi’s plan is to demagogue Medicare. Why are Democrats still listening to this woman?
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