(CNN) – The latest assault on the Republican budget came courtesy of Martin Sheen in a new video from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee asking Americans to stand against plans to "end Medicare."
Sheen, perhaps best known for his role as President Josiah Bartlet on "The West Wing," talked of his American ideals in the nearly 2-minute long video, armed with the consistent charges made by Democrats throughout the Medicare debate.
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"It's time to speak out, tell Republicans in Congress that Americans work their whole lives and kept their commitments. We expect Republicans to do the same," Sheen said from a dark room. "Tell them to keep their hands off Medicare and tell them in our America, the cynics and fear mongers, the ones who break a sacred promise simply to reward the wealthy don't get the final word. No, no, you do."
The House is scheduled to take up the Republican budget this week, which includes plans to transform Medicare into a system in which the government subsidizes purchases of health insurance within the private market instead of paying medical bills directly.
Republicans argue the reforms are necessary to curb costs and address the budget deficit, while Democrats say the changes will negatively impact vital national programs.
Andrea Bozek, a spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee, used a West Wing reference to respond to the DCCC video.
"The President Bartlett Americans remember would never have signed a law that cuts $500 million from Medicare and empowers 15 unelected bureaucrats to make decision that could deny seniors' access to care," Bozek said, referencing the national health care law.
The video comes on the same day the Supreme Court is expected to hear a challenge to the national health care law, passed through Congress and signed by President Barack Obama two years ago.