The Talking Points Memo article The Bipartisan Political Alliance That Will Turn The Fight Over Medicare On Its Head talks about an alliance between a Senator and a Representative.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is teaming up with Paul Ryan, the House’s top budget guy and the author of the GOP’s controversial budget which proposes phasing out traditional Medicare and replacing it with a private plan.
There is a lot of verbiage in the article that makes it a little confusing as to which of the two politicians has moved the most off of his own original plan.
It always makes me nervous when Wyden pulls a stunt like this. I voted for him when I lived in Oregon. He was known for being a strong advocate for seniors before he was elected to the Senate. Some of the things he has done since then with regard to Medicare and Social Security make me wonder, “What on earth is Ron thinking?”
Most of the surprises from Ron Wyden since his election as Senator have not been pleasant for me, who supported him.
He was doing so well with his threatened filibuster of the terrible internet bills. See Senator Wyden Filibuster Of SOPA/PIPA Censorship Bills. Then he goes and disappoints with this needless cave on Medicare.