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Republican Candidate “X” Voted to End Medicare

The House passed Republican Paul Ryan’s budget that would end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a privatized system of vouchers. While it is good to know not a single Democrat was actually stupid enough to vote for it, on a purely political level, I’m actually stunned that four Republicans, Walter Jones, Ron Paul, Denny Rehberg and David McKinley, voted against it.

I suspect in 2012 we are going to see a lot of ads from Democrats with some form of this general message:

Republican candidate “X” voted to end Medicare


Republican candidate “X” voted to privatize Medicare and slash benefits

For basically the entire Republican party, to go, in less than a year, from the very successful political position of being the greater defenders of Medicare, to voting to privatize the program as a way to dramatically slashing benefits, is such a toxic mix of pure cynicism combined with outright political stupidity, I hardly can believe it just happened.

Does no one in Washington read polls anymore?

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at