GOP Rep Hits Brown for Opposing Ryan Plan
Brown breaks with party over Medicare overhaul
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2011 4:00 AM CDT
Sen. Scott Brown says Ryan's proposed Medicare overhaul is too radical.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Scott Brown is taking flak from fellow Republicans over an op-ed in Politico in which he explains why he opposes the House GOP budget drafted by Paul Ryan. The Massachusetts senator, who opposes Ryan's plan to privatize Medicare, "ought to be ashamed of himself," says Rep. Joe Walsh, an Illinois Republican. "This is the defining moment of this generation. We have got to be bold. We know these entitlements have to be reformed to be saved. He knows that."

Walsh charges that any Republican who opposes the Ryan plan "is purely being guided by political reasons," reports the Hill. The plan will come up for a Senate vote later this week and at least two other Republican senators plan to join Brown in voting against, notes the Washington Post. The House passed the Ryan plan last month, despite warnings from GOP pollsters that the Medicare provision was an unpopular "political time bomb."
 

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