House Passes 2013 Budget That Includes Private Option For Medicare

Voting along party lines, the House of Representatives passed a 2013 budget that was crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

Politico reports:

“The 228-191 vote gives the embattled GOP leadership what it most wanted: a show of party unity behind a bold election-year vision that includes new private options for Medicare and a simplified tax code.

“But the price paid by Congress is big: wrecking havoc with hard-fought bargains under the Budget Control Act and inviting another shutdown fight with Senate Democrats and Obama unless the House again reverses course.”

As the AP reads the budget, it sets up a sharp contrast with how President Obama and the democrats would deal with the deficit, because it slices funding for “everything from food stamps to transportation and reject Obama’s call for higher taxes on the rich.”

The budget is not expected to be adopted by the Senate.

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