Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul
May 25th, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul

In what amounted to political theater rather than legislative action, the Senate rejected Wednesday a House budget plan that included a controversial provision to overhaul Medicare.

The measure was expected to fail due to overwhelming opposition by majority Democrats, as well as wavering support for the Medicare overhaul among Republicans who recognize the provision's unpopularity with senior citizens enrolled in the government-run health insurance program.

The final vote on the proposal originated by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was 40-57, mostly along party lines. Republicans who joined the majority Democrats in opposing the measure were Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine.

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  1. beknoca

    Good post RuffNutt,thank you.

    May 26, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Moore

    Democrats want people to be to stupid to fend for them selves.

    May 26, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. Smart hired a bum to work on his house

    Watching the democrats and republicans argue is like watching pigs wallowing in the mud. The end result is always the same. Muddy pigs.

    May 26, 2011 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. termlimits

    “Republicans don’t listen to VOTING Americans and lose big in 2012!”
    This headline will play out if the Republicans do the same thing the Democrats did in the 2010 elections, not listening to the voting public. I emphasize “the voting public” because seniors and independents turned away from the Democrats in droves over the healthcare reform law, and they VOTE! In the healthcare law, among other little nasties, is the supposed $500 Billion Dollar cut of Medicare and the $160 Billion Dollar cut from Medicare Advantage Plans that 10 million seniors are using happily. The Republicans probably would have won the majority in both houses of Congress if not for a couple of very bad Tea Party picks in the Senate, (I know Harry Reid appreciated it).
    The dismantling or changing the basics of Medicare like the Paul Ryan budget and deficit fix is calling for will, this time, doom the Republican Party and take all the Tea Partys with it. The newer polls, including one by Fox News, says the American public is trending against overhauling the basics of Medicare. But, the polls show more and more independents and seniors believe that aggressive fraud control and over sight will solve a lot of the problems along with allowing common sense changes to keep costs down. They are not buying the gloom and doom anymore that the Republicans are pushing. The fraud and other illegal activities; including some smelly political dealings through the years; seen on the news and news shows are pushing seniors and independent voters not to believe the Paul Ryan scenario any longer. The Dems have picked up on this and realize the mistake they made in the 2010 elections, which they will use to their advantage in the 2012 elections.
    In conclusion, if you want Obama in 2012 go along with the Ryan Plan and say nothing. But if you really want a change, like I do, tell your elected officials to take another look and wake up!

    May 26, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. RuffNutt

    Good post Joey,thank you.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    @Mr. Smart:

    Now that I can agree with!

    May 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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