FLASHBACK: Since 1991, Speaker Boehner Has Voted To Cut More Than $800 Billion From Medicare

May 26, 2011 4:50 pm ET

After losing a special House election in a solid red district in New York, Republicans are trying to go back on the offensive, with Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) insisting that "The only people in Washington, DC who have voted to cut Medicare have been the Democrats." However, leaving aside the recently passed House Republican plan to privatize Medicare, Boehner's statement is far from true. As Political Correction previously documented, House Republicans have voted to cut over $1 trillion from Medicare since 1991. Boehner has personally voted to cut Medicare by a total of at least $814.3 billion.

Speaker Boehner: Only Democrats Have Voted To Cut Medicare

Boehner: "The Only People In Washington, DC Who Have Voted To Cut Medicare Have Been The Democrats." From Slate:

"The only people in Washington, DC who have voted to cut Medicare have been the Democrats," said Boehner, "when they voted to cut $500 billion in Medicare during Obamacare." [Slate, 5/26/11]

For Two Decades, Boehner Has Repeatedly Voted For Medicare Cuts

1991: Boehner Voted To Cut Medicare $27.2 Billion Over Five Years. In 1991, Boehner 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]

1993: Boehner Voted To Cut $34 Billion From Medicare. In 1993, Boehner 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: Boehner Voted Twice To Cut Medicare By $270 Billion. In October 1995, Boehner 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]

1996: Boehner Voted To Cut Medicare By $158.1 Billion. In 1996, Boehner 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: Boehner Voted To Cut $115 Billion From Medicare. In 1997, Boehner 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]

2009: Boehner Voted To Cut $210 Billion From Medicare Physician Reimbursement. In 2009, Boehner 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 Times11/19/09; HR 3961; Vote #909, 11/19/09]

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