Cong. Kathy Hochul ran in part on having no changes to medicare, and her party embraced the idea as a template for future congressional elections. Yet the head of the party, President Barack Obama has suggested that Medicare and Social Security changes could be on the table, in exchange for the tax hikes that he wants to see in a $4 trillion debt reduction plan.
Hear what Hochul said about this, on a recent Hardline program
The size of a deficit-cutting package is one of the issues still to be worked out as President Barack Obama and congressional negotiators sit down again y at the White House. Obama still wants to see revenue increases as part of any agreement, but Republicans remain firmly opposed.