The Republican party has a bad case amnesia. They forget what got us to where we are now. Medicare abd Medicade were initiated in the 60's. These two programs increased dramatically the between 2000 and 2010. Medicare costs doubled and Medicade tripled during that time. Most of that during the Bush Presidency and part of that time with Republicans in control of the House. Yet they did nothing to change the direction of these programs. This along with two unnessary and unfunded wars, and major tax cuts for the wealthy and presto you've got a major deficiet. Sure Democrats can take the blame for part of this problem, but Republican instead of working with Democrats, would rather take the Norquist Pledge than work for a solution.