Ending the plan to end Medicare as we know it

The fat lady appears to have sung on Paul Ryan’s radical proposal to end Medicare as we know it and replace guaranteed health care benefits with completely inadequate vouchers for private insurance. Even House Speaker John Boehner seems to realize that the proposal won’t survive budget negotiations.

But America won’t forget that House Republicans supported this disastrous proposal, and even passed it as part of a budget that did little for the deficit, raised taxes on the middle class and gave the wealthy huge tax breaks.

And if the American people are inclined to forget about this, something tells me Democrats won’t let them.

In the meantime, even though Medicare may be safe, Ezra Klein reminds us that Republicans still want to destroy Medicaid and have a shot at succeeding – which would have disastrous consequences for millions of vulnerable Americans.

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