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Ryan-Wyden Will 'Infuriate' Democrats 'All the Way Up to President Obama'

11:15 PM, Dec 14, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Wyden-Ryan alliance on Medicare is "unholy," and the plan will "infuriate other Democrats, all the way up to President Obama," according to a major liberal news outlet that reliably conveys Democratic thinking -- it's called Talking Points Memo for a reason.

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The Ryan-Wyden plan's cap on "subsidy growth is exactly how Ryan’s original plan cut federal spending so much. This plan relies mostly on the theory that competition among insurers could hold down costs," write TPM reporters Brian Beutler and Benjy Sarlin. They contend that it's not a "happy outcome" for House Republicans who voted for the GOP budget earlier this year. But Ryan-Wyden pretty close to the GOP budget. Ryan has always expressed openness to the changes agreed to in the Ryan-Wyden plan. 

You can read the full Ryan-Wyden proposal at the House Budget Committee website. The Oregon Democrat and the Wisconsin Republican have a joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Yuval Levin provides a detailed analysis here, and Reihan Salam corrects some shoddy reporting on the proposal here.

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