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Cavuto Does PR For Rand Paul

Reported by Ellen - October 7, 2010 -

Co-authored By Brian

With the Kentucky Senate race looking competitive for Democrat Jack Conway, Rand Paul happened to show up on Your World yesterday (10/6/10), where host Neil Cavuto helped answer the attacks on Paul’s 2009 comments about instituting a $2000 deductible for Medicare.

Cavuto said, supportively, that Paul’s remarks sounded “like a bit of tough love to deal with a program that is knee deep in debt."

Rand suggested that Medicare and Social Security are addictions, rather than programs that help keep seniors fed and healthy. Paul said, "We can't change the rules on those currently receiving either Medicare or Social Security. But I think it's also analogous to the problem like an alcoholic has. You have to first admit you have a problem.” There was no objection from Cavuto to such an analogy.

Paul continued, “When the programs were started, particularly when Social Security was started, we had 42 workers and one retiree... Now we're at 3 workers and 1 retiree. We're headed towards a point where there'll be 1 worker and 1 retiree… Most younger people acknowledge the rules will have to change for eligibility for younger people." Paul added that he was making no changes for “younger people” or those currently on Social Security or Medicare.

Cavuto added that he wanted to make that last part clear because, he wryly said, ”your opponent, in his ad, cited those comments, (made) some time back, as a sign that you’re gonna be, I guess, a Medicare wrecker.”

Cavuto did press Paul to say whose eligibility Paul wants to change. (Paul's answer: "Young people, probably 55 and under.") and he asked, "What's to stop voters from saying, ‘Hey, you guys are just as wishy washy as the party you’re dumping?"

But Cavuto never asked any tough questions about Paul’s proposal, such as what happens to those who can’t pay the $2,000 deductible? What effect on Americans' health would such a deductible make? Would high deductibles lead to inadequate care and maybe even higher costs in the long run?

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