House Republicans Have Voted To Cut Over $1 TRILLION From Medicare Since 1991

December 04, 2009 6:59 pm ET

While Republicans in both chambers of Congress continue to spread the falsehood that Democratic health care reform cuts Medicare (it doesn't), House Republicans have in fact voted to cut $1.02 trillion from Medicare since 1991 - on top of their refusals to increase payments to Medicare physicians.

1991: Republicans Voted To Cut $52.4 Billion From Medicare

89 Republicans Voted To Cut Medicare $25.2 Billion Over Five Years. In 1991, 89 House Republicans proposed and voted for a substitute amendment to the Fiscal 1992 Budget Resolution that would have cut Medicare $25.2 billion over five years. The substitute amendment, introduced by Rep. Gradison (R-OH), was rejected. [CQ.com; H. Con. Res. 121, Vote # 70, 4/17/1991]

105 Republicans Voted To Cut Medicare $27.2 Billion Over Five Years.  In 1991, 105 Republicans voted in support of a substitute amendment introduced by Rep. Kasich (R-OH) to the Fiscal 1992 Budget Resolution that would have implemented cuts in Medicare. Specifically, the substitute amendment would have "cut entitlement programs by $6.4 billion in fiscal 1992 and $48.6 billion over five years, including cuts in Medicare, totaling $27.2 billion over five years." The motion was rejected. [CQ.com; H. Con. Res. 121, Vote #69, 4/17/1991]

1992: Republicans Tried To Slash $138.4 Billion From The Americans Most In Need

57 Republicans Voted To Cut Medicare And Medicaid $138.4 Billion Over Five Years.  In 1992, 57 House Republicans voted for a substitute amendment to the Fiscal 1993 Budget Resolution - Spending Freeze introduced by Rep. Dannemeyer (R-CA) that would have "cut Medicare and Medicaid entitlement programs by $138.4 billion over five years." The substitute amendment was rejected. [CQ.com; H. Con. Res. 287, Vote # 38, 3/4/92]

1993: Republicans Voted To Cut $34 Billion From Medicare

156 Republicans Voted To Cut $34 Billion From Medicare. In 1993, 156 House Republicans voted for an "amendment to cut federal spending by $90 billion over five years through various proposals, including $34 billion in Medicare cuts, $52 billion of discretionary spending cuts and $4 billion in other entitlement cuts and user fee increases." The motion failed. [CQ.com; HR 3400, Vote #609, 11/22/93]

1995: Republicans Votes Would Have Cost Medicare $292.6 Billion

227 Republicans Voted Twice To Cut Medicare By $270 Billion.  In  October 1995, 227 Republicans voted for the misnamed Medicare Preservation Act of 1995, which cut $270 billion from Medicare over seven years.  The bill passed. In November 1995, 232 Republicans voted to adopt the conference report on the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1995, which reduced spending on Medicare by $270 billion over seven years.  The bill passed. [HR 2425, Vote #731, 10/19/95; HR 2481, Vote #812, 11/17/95]

  • 84 Republicans Voted To Cut An Additional $22.6 Billion From Medicare.  In 1995, 84 House Republicans voted for the Conservative Republican Substitute to the FY 1996 Budget Resolution.  The substitute bill would have cut Medicare by an additional $22.6 billion, on top of the $270 billion in cuts already contained in the budget.  The amendment failed.  [H.C.R. 67, Vote #343, 5/18/95]

1996: Republican Votes Took $158.1 Billion From America's Seniors

212 Republicans Voted To Cut Medicare By $158.1 Billion.  In 1996, 212 House Republicans voted to adopt the conference report on the Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution, which contained $158.1 billion in Medicare cuts over six years.  The bill passed. [H.C.R. 178, Vote #236, 6/12/96]

1997: Republicans Passed A Budget That Cut $115 Billion From Medicare

219 Republicans Voted To Cut $115 Billion From Medicare.  In 1997, 219 House Republicans voted for passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which "cut total projected entitlement spending over five years by about $137 billion, including a $115 billion reduction in Medicare." The bill passed. [CQ.com; HR 2015, Vote #241, 6/25/97]

2002: Republicans Supported Drastic Medicare Cuts

206 Republicans Voted To Kill A Resolution That Sought To "Repeal Cuts In Payments To Hospitals That Serve Low-Income Patients...And Ensure Necessary Medicare And Medicaid Funding." In 2002, Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) introduced a resolution that would "express the sense of the House that Congress should" work on legislation that would repeal cuts to health programs, including Medicare.  Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) motioned to table the resolution, effectively killing it with the agreement of 206 Republican votes.  The motion to table passed. [CQ.com; accessed 12/4/09; HR 854, Vote #440, 10/3/02]

2003: Republicans Refused To Increase Medicare Payments To Doctors And Rural Hospitals

208 Republicans Voted Against A Measure That Would Take Medicare Competition Savings And Put It Toward Increasing Payments To Medicare Physicians.  In 2003, 208 House Republicans voted against a "motion to instruct House conferees to reject provisions of the House bill that require the traditional Medicare program to compete with private plans to provide Medicare benefits by 2010, and reject provisions of the Senate bill that establish an alternative payment system for preferred provider organizations in highly competitive regions. The savings from the rejection of these provisions would be used to increase payments to physicians for Medicare services." The motion was rejected.  [CQ.com; HR 1, Vote #615, 11/6/03]

215 Republicans Voted Against Increasing Medicare Payments To Rural Hospitals.  In 2003, 215 House Republicans voted against a "motion to recommit the joint resolution to the House Appropriations Committee with instructions that it be reported back with language that would continue payment rates for physician services under Medicare at fiscal 2002 levels and increase the base payment amount that hospitals in small urban and rural areas receive through Medicare to the same as that for larger urban hospitals." The motion failed.  [CQ.com; H J Res 18, Vote #18, 2/5/03]

2008: Republicans Cut $20 Billion From Medicare Doctors

59 Republicans Voted To Cut $20 Billion From Medicare Physician Reimbursement.  In 2008, 59 House Republicans voted to maintain a 10.6% scheduled cut in reimbursement rates for doctors serving patients who receive Medicare. The motion passed. [Kaiser Health News, 7/16/08; HR 6331, Vote #443, 6/24/08]

2009: Republicans Voted To Slash $210 Billion From Medicare Doctors

172 Republicans Voted To Cut $210 Billion From Medicare Physician Reimbursement. In 2009, 172 House Republicans voted against blocking "a 21 percent cut scheduled to take effect in January 2010, and increase the payment rate based on the Medicare economic index." The vote would have restored $210 billion in scheduled physician reimbursements. The measure failed. [Congressional Quarterly, accessed 12/4/09; New York Times, 11/19/09; HR 3961; Vote #909, 11/19/09]

For a selection of Republican votes in the Senate that cut Medicare, click here.

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