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Democrats Press Republicans On Medicare Cuts (VIDEO)

05/26/2011 09:38 am ET | Updated Jul 26, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Cue the scary music. Democrats are set to press their case against the "Republican plan to kill Medicare," releasing a quickie Internet video that features prominent GOP senators praising the House's budget-cutting spending plan.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) forced all but five Republican senators to go on the record supporting the House budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), by holding a vote on it Wednesday.

Republican senators criticized Reid's move as starkly political before voting for the controversial spending plan, which would turn Medicaid into a voucher program and privatize Medicare, rougly doubling the costs to seniors in 10 years.

The video, complete with ominous introductory music, confirms the political nature of the move -- but it also reminds people that GOP Senate leaders had positive things to say about the Ryan budget when it was released.

"The House has produced a historic, courageous budget," Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) says in a Fox News clip featured in the video. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), also appearing on Fox News, says Ryan's budget will get spending down, compared to gross domestic product. And Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hails it in a Senate floor speech as "a serious, detailed plan for getting our nation's fiscal house in order."

Republicans have not backed down from their support of Ryan's plan.

After Tuesday night's budget votes, McConnell criticized Democrats for what he viewed as their lack of action to address the budget problems linked to Medicaid and Medicare.

"The President identified the problem more than a year ago when he said that 'almost all of the long-term deficit and debt we face relates to the costs of Medicare and Medicaid.' But Democrats in the Senate showed [Wednesday] that don't even want to talk about it," said McConnell. "They rejected every single proposal to deal with it. They've chosen to ignore this crisis just like they ignored the last crisis. They're so focused on an election that's nearly two years away that they can't see the crisis in front of us."

Democrats have not provided their own proposals, saying the Vice President's ongoing work with a bipartisan negotiating group will produce answers.

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