Roe urges Medicare overhaul
May 10, 2011 at 4:02 AM
KINGSPORT — U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said Monday that overhauling Medicare should be included in budget negotiations between House Republicans and the White House. “I don’t think you can solve the budget problem without dealing with Medicare,” Roe, R-Tenn., said during a stop at Holston Manor to kick off National Nursing Home Week. “We’re just punting the ball down the road politically for one more year or two more years with another election. At one point or another, we’re going to have to deal with long-term Medicare. It’s got to be on the table at some point.” Washington-based publication “The Hill” reported that U.S. Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, would not bring up House Republicans’ proposal to replace Medicare with subsidies for private insurance if it’s not going to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. The proposal was in the House-passed GOP “Path to Prosperity” 2012 budget. Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition of the Times-News or its enhanced electronic edition.