Boehner backs budget plan that critics say would kill Medicare

By David Edwards
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:56 EDT
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At a press conference with Republican leaders Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that he supported a budget plan created by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), which some say will privatize Medicare and effectively end the program’s standing as a service to the public.

“Let me say I fully support Paul Ryan’s budget, including his efforts on Medicare,” Boehner told reporters.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called a Wednesday meeting with the White House “constructive,” but said there was opposition in the Senate to raising the debt ceiling without tackling the debt.

“We will not be discussing raising taxes in this particular connection,” McConnell said.

“The only concrete proposal in the president’s plan that he’ll roll out today is his plan to raise taxes, and I find that very unacceptable given we’re several days out from tax day in this country,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) added.

A Gallup poll published Wednesday found that most Republican voters do not want to see major changes to Medicare.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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