Harry Reid held a test vote on Paul Ryan’s budget plan including the part about killing Medicare as we know it and, of course, it failed by a margin of 57-40. All of the Republicans except the following several voted for the Ryan plan.
Voting with all of the Democrats against debating the plan were Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) — both 2012 incumbents — along with Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against it because it wasn’t radical enough.
Ryan’s been going around making the point that current seniors won’t be effected and therefore the Democrats should stop demagoguing the plan. But you know what? We’re all going to be senior citizens someday, and so we all have a stake in its future. And today’s seniors know that if it’s dismantled for future retirees, then today’s retirees are next on the chopping block.