“The House proposal takes a slash-and-burn approach that leaves seniors paying more for less,” Baucus said in a written statement.
Instead, his resolution called for “lowering healthcare costs through delivery system reforms.”
Obama administration officials took similar swipes at the Ryan plan, including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius describing it Tuesday as “not cutting anything” but instead “shifting costs onto somebody else.”
The president plans to brief congressional leaders of both parties on his plan Wednesday morning before outlining it for the public in an afternoon speech.
Administration officials remained tightlipped about what Obama's approach would entail, but with congressional Democrats' rejection of Ryan's approach, there were few Democratic alternative debt reduction models to consider. The highest-profile bipartisan debt reduction plan was proposed by Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in November. That plan, which would achieve $4 trillion in debt reduction by 2020, included several cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and was never embraced by Obama.
Representatives of the American Hospital Association confirmed Tuesday that they maintain the same concerns with the debt commission's approach to overhauling the healthcare programs that they outlined last year. Those concerns included the commission's recommendation to cut federal funding for graduate medical education.