“The two parties can and must work together to reduce the deficit, but not if Republicans maintain their demand to end Medicare as we know it,” Brown wrote to Cantor.
The Democrats painted an even bleaker view of the Republican Medicare plan in their letter to the president.
“If Medicare is turned into a voucher system and the health reform law is dismantled, millions of seniors will be left under- or uninsured,” they wrote. “This will add to the burden on our nation’s already overwhelmed emergency rooms and result in increased demands on Medicaid as seniors exhaust their life savings.”
A spokeswoman said Thursday evening that Cantor’s office had yet to see the letter, but Cantor addressed the issue after participating in the first meeting of the president’s bipartisan deficit-reduction group.
“I have not taken Medicare off the table, but the president has,” Cantor told reporters. “The reality is this president has excoriated our budget plan and the Medicare proposal in the plan, and I certainly would like to see what their proposals are. And that’s something that I think will be and should be the subject of future meetings.”
Cantor described the first meeting as one that “really was in contrast to the rhetoric that we’ve heard before” and “one in which we are looking to find commonality, without attacking anyone’s plan.”