Weiner introduces bill to kill Medicare - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com July 30, 2009 Categories: Health Care Weiner introduces bill to kill Medicare Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) says he plans to introduce a politically-targeted amendment forcing Republicans to vote "yes" or "no" on continuing Medicare, the government-run health care program for seniors, on the 44th anniversary of its enactment. Weiner [who plans to vote yes, obviously] said he wants to tack the amendment onto the health care bill being marked up today -- to call bluff on Republicans who say federal intervention into health care has been a failure. "Its put-up or shut-up time for the phonies who deride the so-called public option," Weiner said. Weiner is targeting reps like Dr. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who penned an op-ed in today's POLITICO with the following contention: Going down the path of more government will only compound the problem. While the stated goal remains noble, as a physician, I can attest that nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal governments intrusion into medicine through Medicare. Because of Washingtons one-size-fits-all approach, its flawed coverage rules and broken financing mechanisms, seniors are increasingly having care rationed while federal health spending spirals out of control.