Ryan-Wyden Divides the Left?
5:52 PM, Dec 15, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Brian Beutler reports at TPM that Nancy Pelosi and the White House are pushing back hard against a new bipartisan Medicare reform proposed by Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin:
In a statement this afternoon, Ryan said President Obama is "increasingly isolated from this growing bipartisan consensus" on Medicare:
But the fight over Ryan-Wyden isn't simply left versus right. The plan has earned praise from some prominent liberals in the media. "Overall, it doesn't sound too bad," writes Kevin Drum at Mother Jones. Time's Joe Klein called the proposal a "move toward health care sanity." This morning, Ezra Klein seemed to be amazed that Wyden-Ryan would make Medicare similar to Obamacare in many ways. (Ryan's original Medicare plan did that as well, and Yuval Levin points out that these similarities do not, in fact, vindicate Obamacare. Paul Ryan has done the same in the past.)
So there definitely seems to be some tension between Democratic partisans on Capitol Hill and in the White House want to strangle Wyden-Ryan in the crib, and some liberal intellectuals who see hope in the bipartisan compromise. One has to wonder if the left will take a harsher view of Wyden-Ryan--which is similar to plans proposed by the GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich--as the 2012 election heats up.