Brown, Kerry Say 'No' To Ryan Budget

By Adam Reilly

May 23, 2011

Massachusetts Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown talk at the induction ceremony of U.S. District Judge Denise Jefferson Casper at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Friday afternoin February.

BOSTON — Both of Massachusetts' senators are voicing opposition to a proposal in Congress that would turn Medicare into a privatized, voucher-based system.

On Monday, Democratic Senator John Kerry visited Kit Clark Senior Services in Dorchester and panned the voucher plan, which is a key part of the so-called “Ryan Budget,” named for Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. 
“I was against the Ryan budget the moment I saw it, folks,” Kerry said to loud applause. “Because I saw that it was a budget that would destroy this country. The Ryan budget is not a budget that is a pathway to prosperity. It’s a roadmap to poverty. It would destroy many of the things that make a difference in our country.”

In an op-ed published by Politico on Monday
, Republican Sen. Scott Brown wrote he won’t support Ryan’s budget plan either. Brown said he’s grateful to Ryan for jump-starting a serious conversation about the nation’s debt — but also warned that Ryan’s Medicare plan could lead to increased deductibles and co-pays for seniors.

Earlier this month, Brown seemed to indicate support for the Ryan budget in a speech to the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry. But after the Massachusetts Democratic Party seized on Brown’s remarks, a Brown aide said the senator’s comments had been misconstrued and that he was still weighing his vote. 

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