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How Skewed is the Press? Kathy Hochul’s Special Election Triumph Sends Republicans Ominous Medicare Message

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Medicare overhaul proposal causing GOP stress

WASHINGTON – Little more than a month after they backed sweeping changes to Medicare, Republicans are on the political defensive, losing a House seat long in their possession and exhibiting significant internal strains for the first time since last fall’s election gains.

“We’ve got to get beyond this,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said recently after several days of back and forth over the proposal he authored and included in the budget that cleared on a party line vote. “And we’ve got to get onto a serious conversation about what it takes to fix the fiscal problems in this country.”

Under Ryan’s proposal, Medicare would remain unchanged for those 55 or older, including the millions who now receive health care under the program. Anyone younger would be required to obtain coverage from a private insurer, with the government providing a subsidy to cover part of the cost of premiums.

In the weeks since the budget cleared, President Barack Obama led a Democratic attack and GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich sharply criticized Ryan’s proposal before apologizing a day or two later.

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According to the LSM:

Republican Scott Brown winning Ted Kennedy’s seat – Mandate? No / Fluke? – yes

Republicans take over the house in a landslide in 2010 – Mandate? No / Public stupidity? – yes

Wisconsin – Kloppenburg BEATS Prosser by 204 votes – UNION MANDATE YES!!! oooops – correction Prosser beats Kloppenburg by 7000+ votes – Mandate? uh no / Fluke? – yes

TODAY’s NEWS: Democrat Kathy Hochul wins over Republican Jane Corwin in a Special New York congressional race to replace disgraced Republican Congressman Sex Scandal. MANDATE on MEDICARE! – RESOUNDING YES!!!

Other Headlines:

The Associated Press: Medicare Overhaul Proposal Causing GOP Stress

The New York Times: Democrat Wins GOP Seat; Rebuke Seen To Medicare Plan

Los Angeles Times: Medicare Proposal May Have Cost GOP A House Seat In New York

The Associated Press: Medicare Key To Shocking Dem Win In NY House Race

ABC News: Referendum On Medicare? Democrat Wins Special Election In GOP-Leaning NY-26

CBS: Kathy Hochul’s Special Election Triumph Sends Republicans Ominous Medicare Message

Another article here on LSM Headlines:
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2011/May/25/dem-ny-upset.aspx

» 14 Comments

  1. Tim B.

    May 25th, 2011

    What a bunch of crap. I live in this district and wasn’t surprised by the outcome. It was a dirty and ugly campaign by the Republican and the Independent. I voted for Corwin, but nobody really knew who she was. She was handpicked by the R’s. This seat will most likely vanish with the redistricting.

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  2. Tim B.

    May 25th, 2011

    It drives me crazy when they start trying to rile up the elderly. The radio ads were ridiculous.
    I’m glad that it’s over.

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  3. aceofwands

    May 25th, 2011

    “The Associated Press: Medicare Overhaul Proposal Causing GOP Stress

    The New York Times: Democrat Wins GOP Seat; Rebuke Seen To Medicare Plan

    Los Angeles Times: Medicare Proposal May Have Cost GOP A House Seat In New York

    The Associated Press: Medicare Key To Shocking Dem Win In NY House Race

    ABC News: Referendum On Medicare? Democrat Wins Special Election In GOP-Leaning NY-26

    CBS: Kathy Hochul’s Special Election Triumph Sends Republicans Ominous Medicare Message”

    LMAO!

    Democrats can win all the elections they want…in the end it will be the rating agencies and the bond raiders who will dictate policy. For the past six months China has been divesting itself of U.S. debt…large enough to satisfy their needs, but not so large as to start a panic in the market.

    With interest rates in the EU climbing daily…(Ireland 9.79%…Greece 13.86%…Portugal 9.19%) the Democrats will be in for a rude awakening when their spending habits start to double the debt every 5.20 years…(use the rule of 72 @ 13.86%)…their spending party will collapse on them with a vengeance.

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  4. Horrorman18

    May 25th, 2011

    I love how they say it’s causing stress with GOP…Bullshit!!! They flaunt out an ad campaign that scares seniors(typical) which was a complete an utter lie and they don’t even mention the 3rd party candidate that took 9% of the vote…that was the difference, lies and a Clintonesque victory

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  5. TooMuchTime

    May 25th, 2011

    What do you expect from the liberal press? Obama has “a mandate” because he got 52% of the vote. What would the liberal press say if Herman Cain got 60% of the vote? Conservatives disgruntled at GOP picked candidates and elect a non Washington insider.

    Gawd they’re scum.

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  6. Diann

    May 25th, 2011

    Yeah. And the 2010 Midterm Slaughter had nothing to do with Obama’s policies.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about what the media says. Nobody’s listening to them anymore (except to post the absurdity of their stories on blogs such as this).

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  7. Call me Lennie

    May 25th, 2011

    Good news

    Looks like liberals are finally getting serious about the deficit (baroomp ching)

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  8. Czar of Defenestration

    May 25th, 2011

    Can you say “JournOlist coordination”?
    Can you say “JournOlist coordination”?
    Can you say “JournOlist coordination”?
    Rinse. Repeat.

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  9. Don't Tread On Me

    May 25th, 2011

    I’m sorry, but what other outcome was expected when two Democrats were running against a weak Republican?

    NY-26 kinda deserves what it gets if it’s voters can’t pay attention to the candidates and realize that they have a Trojan Horse “TEA-party” candidate in the mix.

    NOTHING CAN REPLACE BEING INFORMED AND ENGAGED, PEOPLE.

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  10. redwagyu

    May 25th, 2011

    No mention of the Potemkin Candidiate from the Tea Party spliting the Rep vote. He was likely picked and funded by the Dems.

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  11. Racist

    May 25th, 2011

    This should serve as an IMPORTANT lesson for all of us. The fact that 3-time Democrat candidate posing as a Tea Partier was able to get 9% of the vote, should be a slap in the face of everyone who considers themselves a part of The Tea Party. If I were a Tea Party supporter in that district, and I allowed an imposter who had run as a Democrat 3 times before to garner 9% of the vote, I’d be ashamed of myself. Why did these 9% not know this guy was a fake? You better damn well believe this will encourage them to try this all over the country next year. They did it to Sharon Angle, and tried it somewhere else last year. We have GOT to get more vocal.

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  12. Tim B.

    May 25th, 2011

    It also makes me more pissed off at Chris Lee.

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  13. Czar of Defenestration

    May 25th, 2011

    GRAEAT Paul Ryan rebuttal video here:

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  14. Menderman

    May 25th, 2011

    oddly I have not gotten the standard celebritory e-mail from moron.org. Perhaps the sting from that Wisconsin thing still hurts. Like Pinko said…wasn’t that a mandate? It was until the Republican KICKED LIBERAL ASS!!!

    It does perplex me that liberals seem to want 9% unemployment, trillion plus deficits and 4 buck gas when we have a dumbass community organizer in charge….

    ^^^^^That was for you Jesse Lee…I’m gonna keep you VERY busy!

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