May 252011

Forty Republicans in the United States Senate voted today in favor of the Ryan budget plan. They voted to end Medicare. The only Republicans to vote against ending Medicare were Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) did not vote. The Snowe and Brown votes were most likely influenced by the fact that they are both up for reelection next year. Paul voted no because he didn’t believe the spending cuts in the Ryan plan were deep enough.

Remember that, folks. Forty Republican Senators voted today to end Medicare. They are sure to put some sort of spin on this vote to make it seem more palatable, but the simple fact is that forty Republican Senators voted today to end Medicare.

Last month, all but four Republicans in the House of Representatives also voted to end the medical insurance plan that is keeping so many of our senior citizens alive and well today.

Remember all their talk of “pulling the plug on Grandma” in the campaign of 2010? Who’s hands are pulling on that plug now?

P.S. The Senate also voted on the Obama budget plan that was presented in February. It failed 0 to 97. Nobody voted for it because it has since been superseded by new plans from the White House and is therefore outdated. The vote on it was simply procedural and a means to get it off the calendar.