Boehner: Our Medicare Privatization Plan Doesn’t Privatize Medicare

Faced with growing public skepticism of House Republicans’ plans to privatize Medicare, Speaker John Boehner claimed Wednesday that the GOP’s Medicare privatization plan doesn’t privatize Medicare.

“There’s no privatizing of Medicare,” Boehner said. “We’re transforming Medicare so that it’ll be there for the future.”A reporter asked Boehner whether his members support the GOP budget, which includes a plan to give seniors vouchers to buy insurance in a private marketplace. He offered less than a full-throated defense.

“I think it’s an option worth considering,” Boehner said. “I think our members are in full support of us continuing to march forward with our budget.”

Cold feet? We’ll find out soon — the House will vote on the budget resolution Friday.

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