This morning on "Starting Point," Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on the latest in the fiscal cliff negotiations. She explains why she think entitlement reform - including cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other programs - should not be 'on the table' in fiscal cliff negotiations.
“We should not touch [entitlement programs]," Rep. Lee says. "For Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, these are programs that people have worked for. These are programs also that address those who are low-income and who are poor. I don’t believe that low income individuals and the most vulnerable and our seniors should be part of a deal."
"Why should they have to bare the brunt of the cuts when we’re talking about finding revenue to be able to really balance the budget, create a path toward deficit reduction and really reignite the American dream for everyone? I don’t believe that entitlement cuts that would affect the poor, and seniors and low income individuals should really be on the table,” she adds.