For Republicans, Medicare is turning into a migraine. Since House Republicans voted for a budget proposal that included Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to convert the federal healthcare program into a voucher-based system, Democrats have been on the attack. In tense negotiations over a package of legislation to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans have wavered on whether or not Ryan’s plan should be part of the final deal. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has tied himself into knots, damaging the roll-out of his presidential campaign, explaining whether or not he supports the idea. And Tuesday’s special election for New York’s 26th District, which has been surprisingly close, may show that the issue will be a winning one for Democrats in the 2012 races.
I’m sure the Democrats will figure out a way to screw it up by introducing their own Medicare-killing bill.