Key Medicare Wobblers

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From what we can tell, when it comes to Paul Ryan’s Medicare Phaseout plan, the two wobbliest Republican members of Congress are Reps. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Jaime Herrara Beutler (R-WA). They both oppose ‘privatization’ but aren’t clear on what they mean by it. So they seem to be hedging their bets and hoping the storm passes. Also hedging or refusing to give answers are Reps. Babin (R-TX), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Ryan Zinke (R-MT). (Here’s the full list which we are continuing to update.) If anybody can figure out where these members of Congress stand or whether they’re willing to take a position, by all means let us know. The lead on Medicare Phaseout in the House says they’ll try to do it this summer.

Late Update: We’ve now received a new letter (see list) from Sen. Joe Donnelly confirming that he opposes the Ryan Medicare Phaseout plan.

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