"Republicans may be backing off their famously toxic plan by Paul Ryan to privatize Medicare, but they’ve doubled down on the broader concept and are taking strategic steps to get there over time. Democrats currently have the upper hand in their battle to protect traditional Medicare for the future, but unless they thwart the GOP’s drumbeat and build support for their alternate vision, it may not be for long."
"Republicans want to turn Medicare into a subsidized private insurance structure and cut costs on the beneficiary side. This concept -- dubbed 'premium support' by backers and 'vouchers' by critics -- would end the coverage guarantee and give seniors a fixed amount to shop for insurance on a private exchange. If the subsidy is too small, tough luck; they’re on their own."
Remember, it's a long range strategy. They won't give up until they are soundly defeated.
"During an appearance on Fox News Sunday this morning, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) couldn’t explain why the public rejects large parts of the Republican legislative agenda and instead blamed Democrats for opposing it. Asked why a recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed that 67 percent of Americans favor raising taxes on millionaires to reduce the deficit, and that 80 percent oppose cutting Medicare, Cantor could only say, 'It is unfair that these individuals who want a better life and want more jobs and higher pay are not getting it.'"