The Corner

Boehner: Medicare Played ‘Small Part’ in NY-26 Defeat

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) conceded on Thursday that the Republican Medicare plan played a “small part” in the GOP’s surprising defeat in the NY-26 special election earlier this week.

“Special elections are just that — special,” he told reporters at a press conference to unveil a GOP jobs plan, noting the presence of self-funded “Tea Party” candidate Jack Davis as a complicating factor in the race, but not as an excuse for the party’s poor performance in a deep-red district. “I could be somewhat critical of how the campaign was run, but the fact is we didn’t win,” Boehner added. “And the small part of the reason we didn’t win clearly had to do with Medicare.”

But the speaker did not shy away from the GOP plan, offering a vigorous deference, citing “three facts about Medicare.”

“Fact: The only plan out there to preserve and protect Medicare for current and future retirees is the plan that we’ve put forth,” he said. “Fact Number Two: The only people in Washington, D.C., who have voted to cut Medicare have been the Democrats when they voted to cut $500 billion in Medicare during Obamacare. The Third Fact: The Democrats plan is to do nothing, and the trustees of Medicare have made clear that doing nothing means that the plan will go bankrupt and seniors’ benefits will be cut.”

“We have outlined a plan, frankly, that we believe in,” Boehner added. “The Democrats have no plan, which is going to lead to bankruptcy and cuts to seniors’ benefits. It’s about time they were honest with the American people.”

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

Most Popular


The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More