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Sen. Scott Brown: Praises Ryan, but Says He'll Vote No

Monday, 23 May 2011 01:18 PM

By Dan Weil

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Moderate GOP Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who probably will face a strong Democratic challenge to his bid for re-election next year, says he will vote against the budget proposal that GOP Rep. Paul Ryan proposed and the House approved.

The House Budget Committee chairman “offered a plan that at least finally jumpstarted the debate,” Brown writes on Politico. “For those under 55, Ryan proposes transforming Medicare into a premium support plan over the long term . . . While I applaud Ryan for getting the conversation started, I cannot support his specific plan.”

Medicare already has seen cuts to pay for the new healthcare law, Brown says. He also worries that, “as health inflation rises, the cost of private plans will outgrow the government premium support, and the elderly will be forced to pay ever higher deductibles and co-pays.”

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