Afternoon Roundup: GOP “Budget 2.0” Edition

A look at recent news shows Rep. Paul Ryan isn’t fooling anyone – everyone knows the Republican budget is a repeat of last year and House Republicans are once again calling for the end of the Medicare guarantee and higher health care costs for seniors:

Ryan Tries Again With Budget 2.0” [National Journal, 3/19/12]

Most of the budget Ryan is putting together is to be modeled on his 2012 budget, which sparked a political firestorm over its proposal to convert Medicare into a premium-support system. Under that plan, those 54 or younger would have to choose between government-approved private insurance plans, rather than receive traditional fee-for-service Medicare.” [The Hill, 3/19/12]

“For a moment last year, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's star shone brightly as he unveiled his party's bold deficit-whacking budget proposal — that is, until seniors rebelled over his plan to dramatically change Medicare. Now Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, is returning to center stage as the GOP doubles down on his conservative budget priorities — including tax cuts for the wealthy and a new version of his plan for major changes in Medicare.” [LA Times, 3/16/12]

“Still, Ryan is expected to include in next week's budget outline a proposal similar to the plan he included last year that would have ended Medicare for people under 55. Those future retirees would get an allowance to purchase medical coverage from private insurers on a special exchange.” [Reuters, 3/16/12]