On Sunday, Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott tried to hijack Republican plans to cut Social Security and Medicare — then got caught in the middle of the interview for trying to pin their extreme agenda on the Democrats instead.
Rick Scott is the one who proposed a hugely unpopular plan to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block.
Opinion of the Washington Post: “Scott’s [‘Rescue America’] The plan would also end – eliminate – all federal laws over five years, under the (risky) assumption that valid laws would be re-enacted. It could mean the end of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, everything mentioned above – and potentially more.
Marching in step with Senator Scott, leading House Republicans have already come out and made it clear that if they do take control, they will make it one of their “top priorities” to dump Social Security and the Health Insurance.
Government Bloomberg: “Changes to Social Security and Medicare eligibility, spending limits and safety net work requirements are among Top House Republican priorities who want to use next year’s debt limit delay to wrest concessions from Democrats.
In fact, Republicans are so determined to come after key programs, including Social Security, that they would threaten to collapse the economy in order to push through spending cuts. Even an economist with the conservative American Enterprise Institute said that if the Republicans took control and started “playing games” with the debt ceiling, it could have potentially disastrous consequences for the economy and the American people.
Semafor: “Republican leaders are currently talking about using votes on the debt ceiling, which is due to be lifted next year, to secure major policy concessions. This makes the possibility of a deadlock that spooks investors and drives up interest rates an increasingly plausible scenario.
“If the Republicans start play games with the debt ceiling and it looks like the US might default, there’s going to be a huge bond sell-off,’ said Desmond Lachman, a macroeconomics expert at the American Enterprise Institute.
The Republicans’ plan to dump Social Security is so backward that even a Republican elector called him a “dealbreaker” and a complete “treason” to the American people.
Newsweek: “As soon as [Steve Scalise’s] the interview has started [Fox News] host Shannon Bream … presented the lawmaker with a message from a concerned viewer, who called the GOP’s plan for Medicare a potential “betrayal.”
“He’s a Republican, he’s very concerned that you’re cutting off his health insurance,” Bream said, relaying the message she claimed to have received on Twitter. ‘He says it’s a dealbreaker and a betrayal by the GOP.
Make no mistake: Rick Scott and the Republican Party are campaigning on plans that would threaten Social Security and Medicare benefits for millions of Americans. That’s the GOP’s midterm closing message one week from Election Day.