Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been cagey in his comments on the Ryan Medicare plan thus far, but on Sunday he offered his clearest indication yet that it had his support.
“I’m personally very comfortable with the way Paul Ryan would structure it,” McConnell said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “But we have a Democratic president. We’re going to have to negotiate with him on the terms of changing Medicare so we can save Medicare.”
McConnell, along with the overwhelming majority of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, voted for the House GOP budget containing the Ryan plan last week, giving them less cover to hedge on its Medicare provisions. Pressed by host David Gregory whether the Medicare proposal would ultimately be dumped in negotiations with the White House, McConnell emphatically denied the notion.
“No,” he said. “It’s on the table.”
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.