GOP congressman: Dems using 'scare tactics' to oppose reform

Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) accused Democrats of employing "scare tactics" to try to stop reforms to Medicare and Medicaid proposed in Republicans’ 2012 budget.


Guinta told the New Hampshire Union Leader he had heard "all the criticisms" of the House GOP’s plan and dismissed them as part of a Democratic strategy to sink it.

"I think they are nothing more than Democratic talking points and scare tactics," said Guinta, who is a freshman member.

In his radio address Saturday, President Obama suggested that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) plan would "end Medicare as we know it and make cuts to Medicaid that would leave millions … without the care they need."

Instead of engaging in "scare tactics," Guinta said, Democrats should engage in an "honest discussion" and devise a plan to bring down the debt and deficit.

"My sense is that this country wants to have an honest discussion about the drivers of our debt and deficit and wants us to propose ideas and solutions to preserve and protect these entitlements," he said.

Guinta was among the 235 Republicans who voted for the Ryan budget plan on Friday that would cut $5.8 trillion in federal spending over 10 years and balance the budget by 2040 without raising taxes.


The GOP budget is not expected to advance in the Democratic-led Senate.