With Rep. Ryan pick, Medicare takes center stage in 2012 election

From The Hill:

Mitt Romney’s decision to tap Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate puts Medicare front and center in the presidential race. In an unusual twist, both the left and the right had been pulling for Ryan as Romney’s choice.

Congressional Democrats were already using Ryan’s controversial budget plans, which would turn Medicare into a system of private insurance partially funded by government subsidies, as the cornerstone of their attempt to take back the House.

Conservative Republicans had fretted that Romney was seen as a flip-flopper — especially given his support for a precursor to Obama’s health reform law. Ryan has the bona fides and has for a decade been striving to cut the deficit and rein in entitlement programs.

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