Republicans enter the debate armed with new polling from a conservative firm that surveyed 50 battleground House districts and shared the keys to winning with the House leadership.The only problem (both for the Washington Post reporter here and for the House Republicans) is that Wyden isn't supporting the current Ryan plan. He's stubbornly not backing away from the "white paper" he developed with Ryan, but this isn't that plan and he doesn't support it.
First, they should label their effort “bipartisan”—no longer a stretch given that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is supporting the latest Ryan Medicare plan. About 46 percent of voters, the poll found, supported a plan to “fix Medicare,” as long as it provides choices and preserves the program.
Those key words have been echoed repeatedly by Republicans defending the plan in the past week.
But a single disgruntled Democrat, still smarting from having many of his ideas ignored in the final health reform bill, does not make a bipartisan plan for Medicare. And slowly starving the program of funding, passing more and more of the costs onto seniors, isn't by any stretch of the imagination "saving" Medicare.
There's nothing new in the House Republicans' political strategy, and there's very little new in Ryan's plan for Medicare.