Cummings Refuses to Budge on Entitlements


Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) made an appearance on ‘Starting Point’ this morning with Soledad O’Brien. Cummmings seemed optimistic when discussing prospects for a deal on the fiscal cliff, but when O’Brien brought up specific changes to Medicare, the Congressman appeared to stiffen:

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN: So one of the things that’s being floated and details are very sketchy on it the idea of raising the age of medicare eligibility from 65 to 67. Barbara Walters talking to the president – he used words that it’s “something that has been floated.” would you support the idea?

ELIJAH CUMMINGS: No, I do not support it.


SOLEDAD O’BRIEN: You can’t just tax upper earners. You-maybe everybody has to give up something at some point.

ELIJAH CUMMINGS: Yeah, but it’s hard to give up something when you don’t have anything, and that’s the point.