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GOP Attacks Dems For Medicare Cuts In Paul Ryan's Budget -- Again

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Embracing the Medicare cuts during budget season hasn't stopped Republicans from running against the cuts during election season. In 2010, the GOP pummeled Democrats for cutting Medicare. During the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney and Ryan himself toured the country attacking the Medicare cuts and vowing to repeal them. Now the Senate GOP's electoral arm, hopeful about retaking the majority in 2014, is attacking Democrats for the cuts.

The Democrats whom the NRSC will target for the Medicare cuts, according to CNN, are Sens. Mark Pryor (AR), Mark Begich (AK), Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA), Mark Udall (CO), Tom Udall (NM), Dick Durbin (IL), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Jeff Merkley (OR) and Al Franken (MN), along with Senate candidates and current Reps. Gary Peters (MI) and Bruce Braley (IA).

Ryan defends his decision to sustain the cuts by arguing that they're baked into the budget baseline. He says he wouldn't have done them in the first place, and points out that unlike Democrats, he doesn't use the savings to fund Obamacare. His budget, while repealing the rest of the Affordable Care Act, effectively embraces its Medicare cuts by assuming the same level of savings in the program over the long run.

"Let me make it really clear. What we do in this budget is we stop the raid of Medicare," Ryan told reporters back in March. "You have to remember, President Obama took money from Medicare to spend on creating Obamacare. We end that raid and we make sure all of those dollars go back to Medicare to extend the solvency of the trust fund."

Ryan added that keeping the Medicare cuts "makes it easier" to balance the budget.

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