Democratic party leaders on Wednesday argued that they had already put Medicare cuts on the table in deficit talks, but they ruled out any reduction to benefits.
“Is Medicare – has it been on the table? Absolutely it has been on the table,” Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), the vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Wednesday following a caucus meeting in the Capitol with senior White House economic adviser Gene Sperling.
“We’re willing to talk and to put everything on the table for discussion — at least this Democrat is,” Becerra said. “But the moment you want to privatize Social Security, or voucherize Medicare, or block-grant Medicaid — that’s where you lose us. Because we want to strengthen those programs, not let them die on the vine.”