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Reid To Senate Republicans: You Wanna Privatize Medicare? Vote For It!


Reid's strategy leaves Senate Republicans two unenviable options: link arms and vote unanimously (or nearly unanimously) for the politically controversial House budget, or take political cover and expose divisions within the party over the direction GOP leaders want to take the country.

One GOP senator, Susan Collins (R-ME), has already publicly stated her opposition to the House Republican plan.

"We'll see how much the Republicans like it here in the Senate," Reid said. Though it will certainly fail in the upper chamber, if it were to pass, Reid said it would be "one of the worst things to happen to this country."

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