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Rubio votes for Ryan plan 'to save Medicare'

Senate Democrats this afternoon forced Republicans to take a stand on the House budget proposal containing the controversial Medicare overhaul. Most Republicans voted for the plan, which died 40-57, despite its potential as a campaign issue.

Sen. Marco Rubio was among the supporters.

“My number one objective is to save Medicare," Rubio said in a statement afterward. "Medicare’s important to me because my mom’s on Medicare, she depends on Medicare. But Medicare is going bankrupt, and the only plan out there right now that saves Medicare is the Ryan plan. I understand Democrats are against it. That’s fine, but what’s their plan? They haven’t offered a plan, and they don’t have a plan because they’re trying to play politics with this. Let’s put politics aside and come together and save Medicare before it’s too late.”

All Democrats voted against the plan, including Florida's Bill Nelson. The five Republicans to vote no were Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins of Maine, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky (who said the budget did not cut enough).

Later, Rubio released a video reading of his op/ed on Medicare that will run Thursday in the Miami Herald:

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5:27pm]


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