- Sen. Wyden distances himself from Medicare plan he crafted with Ryan
Republicans have touted the Ryan-Wyden proposal as an effort showing off Ryan’s bipartisan credentials.
- Liberal think tank says Ryan’s Medicare argument is ‘dishonest’
Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget proposal would keep the Medicare cuts in President Obama’s healthcare law, the liberal Center for American Progress noted Monday.
The political battle over Medicare has intensified yet again since Mitt Romney announced Ryan as his pick for vice president on Saturday. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is the author and champion of two budget plans that would dramatically overhaul Medicare.
Democrats have been attacking the Ryan plan for two years, arguing that it would “end Medicare as we know it.” The Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee, while saying Medicare is unsustainable and must be overhauled, have attacked Obama for Medicare cuts in the Affordable Care Act.
The RNC took note this weekend when Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter mentioned $700 billion in Medicare cuts in the Affordable Care Act. Those cuts came from reduced payments to doctors and private insurance companies; they did not directly affect seniors’ benefits, while Ryan’s cuts would.
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