For the third election cycle in a row, Republicans are attacking Democrats for Medicare cuts that are in the GOP's own budget proposal.
On Wednesday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee kicked off a campaign to attack 12 Democrats for the $716 billion in 10-year Medicare cuts that were ordered by Obamacare. The cuts don't target benefits -- they reduce reimbursements to private insurers under Medicare Advantage and hospitals, among other providers. The Congressional Budget Office said they extended the life of Medicare by eight years, although insurance companies argue that the cuts will reduce access to care.
"By voting for ObamaCare, Democrats like Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu and Mark Begich cut $717 billion from Medicare -- including $154 billion from Medicare Advantage -- which will hurt seniors," said NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring.
The same cuts were included in House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) blueprint to partially privatize Medicare and remake the federal budget, which Republicans in both chambers voted overwhelmingly for back in March. The same Medicare cuts were also included in Ryan's budgets in 2012 and 2011, which similarly passed the Republican-led House and received overwhelming GOP support in the Democratic-led Senate.
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