Rep. Tom Price touted the Ryan budget proposal as a way to reform crucial programs such as Medicare and Social Security before they run out of money “It’s what the American people are demanding,” he told Newsmax TV.
The Georgia Republican defended the plan set forth by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, saying it “doesn’t attack Medicare and Medicaid,” as critics contend.
“What it does is save Medicare and Medicaid,” Price said. “The attack on those programs is actually by the other side, who won’t be honest with the American people.”
He said Medicare and Medicaid, as currently run, no longer provide adequate care for seniors and the indigent, and Social Security is rapidly going broke.
“What we need to do is reform those programs in a positive way that gives individuals greater liberty, greater choices,” he said.
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Price said he was “really distressed” by President Barack Obama’s budget proposal speech on Wednesday.
“The policy that he talked about is just wrong for our country,” Price said, adding that he was offended by “the deceitful nature with which he dealt with the positive proposals we were putting forward.”
“We need positive leadership,” said Price, who is chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.
He called Obama’s plan to raise the taxes of the wealthiest Americans “outrageously reckless.”
“The last thing we need to do at this time in our nation’s history is to raise taxes. In fact, what we need to do is to lower taxes.”
He pointed out that April 15 is the traditional deadline for filing taxes.
“The Democrats tend to believe every day is April 15. Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July.”
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