Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), May 12, 2010
"Some have believed the reason he didn’t want to send Dr. up during the health care debate is because it would confirm the obvious, which was the direction in which we were headed and which Senate Republicans said repeatedly during the debate on health care was the direction we were headed ... which was massive rationing."
Dr. Donald Berwick, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, May 20, 2011
"There are two ways. One is to cut. Anybody can do that. You can cut a budget and take things away from people. And this [Ryan] plan proposed by the Republicans does so quite effectively. Beneficiaries lose a lot of security, a lot of financial support and will be in deeper and deeper trouble if that were to go through."