WASHINGTON (CNN) - 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 Republican plan would kill Medicare," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Wednesday.
But Harry Reid has no alternative on the table. The fact is, the Republican House plan saves Medicare and apparently that's what Harry Reid doen't want to see happen. I guess his strategy is to let it get so close to death on its own that it can be used as another excuse to raise taxes?
What a quandry the GOP/Teahadist face. They will get casted to the bowels of hell by their own party or even tea bagged in the primaries if for voting against the Ryan Disaster Plan and they will get casted to the bowels of hell by their constiuents for voting in favor of this evil plan. Either way, the GOP/Teahadists will have a difficult time in 2012.
CIAO! GOP/Teahadists--wish I could say that I will miss you, but that would be a lie. I am sure you know what a lie is because you guys are the masters of lying!
Can you say "double down on dumb"? This must be played carefully by both sides. Serious lines have been drawn. Bill Clinton thinks Democrats are on an offensive that could lead them to overplaying their hand. Republicans are looking for a lifeline out of this predicament. Don't throw them a line is what Clinton is saying.
How did the President's proposed budget fair in today's vote...or is that really important?