Impact of the Republican Budget on Medicare
According to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ryan’s budget affected CongressmanGibbs’s district in the following ways:
Increase prescription drug costs for
8,200 Medicare beneficiaries
in the district who enter the Part Ddonut hole, forcing them to pay an extra
for drugs over the next decade.
Eliminate new preventive care benefits for
111,000 Medicare beneficiaries
in the district.
460,000 individuals age 54 and younger
in the district access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits.
Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by
over $6,000 per year in 2022
and by almost
$12,000 per year in 2032
107,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44and 54.
Require the 107,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional
for their retirement – an average of
$182,000 to $287,000 per individual
– to pay for theincreased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the district will have to saveeven higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.
Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for
in thedistrict who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for
in the district who areage 43 or younger. [Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 2011]
Urged Other Lawmakers to Oppose Budget Plan that Cut Appalachian Regional Commission
In February 2011, Gibbs sent a letter to 35 fellow Republicans opposing the plan to cut funding for Appalachian RegionalCommission and the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.The cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission were included in the Republican Study Committee plan to cut $2.5 trillionfrom the budget in the next 10 years.Gibbs said, “I do not support the proposed elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The ARC is critical to our region -- a region that is traditionally underfunded."Gibbs said "abolishing the ARC is “unacceptable.” [Zanesville Times Recorder, 2/13/2011]
Said Government Might Shut Down
In February 2011, Gibbs chose not to dispel rumors that the federal government might shut down if a continuing resolution isnot agree to in the chambers of Congress. He said, “Government could shut down. Hopefully not — that’s not our intent. Our intent is to cut spending.” [Mount Vernon News, 2/23/11]
Gibbs: Cut for the Military “Isn’t Sacred Anymore”
At a town hall in Dover, Gibbs was questioned about the cuts being made in the House and why the military seemed to be off limits for cuts and Gibbs responded saying, “The military isn’t sacred anymore.”Gibbs said he favored reductions in defense spending, as long as money still was in place to support U.S. troops and veterans.[Dover New Philadelphia Times Reporter,3/08/11]2