Senate Democrats: We Will Not Let GOP Cut Medicare

I hope the Democrats maintain their position on this one. This has been going back and forth for a while. I have to admit, when Harry Reid draws his line in the sand on an issue, he does not let up. He has even gone against the white house to take care of business. So let's see who comes out on top in this fight. I am pulling for Harry Reid.

Medicare benefits should not be cut as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Senate Democrats said on Tuesday, drawing a firm distinction with Republicans who have called for major changes to the program.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) rebuked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his hard-line stance on Medicare after the top Republican senator said he will only support a final debt ceiling deal if it makes changes to the program.

McConnell and all but five senate Republicans voted in support of the House budget plan written by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), which transforms Medicare into a voucher-like program for future seniors.

"Basically [McConnell] is saying that if he can't dismantle Medicare all at once, he wants to do it in pieces," Schumer said. "We will not let him succeed."

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