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Democrats Respond To Ryan Budget Plan With Billboard, Cries Of Foul

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney offered his support for the plan advanced by Rep. Paul Rayn, R- Wis., causing Democrats to point out inconsistencies with his attacks on the health law.  Meanwhile, Democrats have posted a billboard in Ryan's hometown criticizing his proposals on Medicare.

NPR: Romney's Support For Ryan Budget Has Democrats Crying Foul
What they're trying to have, says [Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.], is $500 billion in projected Medicare savings. Those savings are part of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health care law. They're achieved through slower payments to hospitals and a reduction in the overpayment of premiums to Medicare Advantage providers. Those savings are something Romney hits President Obama on day after day on the campaign trail. … But here's the rub: The Ryan budget assumes that very same $500 billion cut. Well, "cut" isn't the right word; "savings" is more accurate. The reality is that in real dollars Medicare spending will keep rising — just not by as much (Keith, 3/29).

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: Democrats Put Billboard In Rep. Ryan's Hometown
With the vote on the House Republican budget scheduled for Thursday, Democrats have posted a billboard in Janesville, Wis., the hometown of Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, attacking the budget's approach to Medicare (Bendavid, 3/28).

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