Steelman Backs Off Ryan Medicare Plan

Conservative Missouri Republican Senate candidiate Sarah Steelman is backing away from the GOP prime vehicle to reform Medicare.

Here is the Roll Call take on Styeelman’s move and her video:

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Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who is running for the GOP nomination to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), has distanced herself from House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s controversial budget plan in a new Web video.

“The Ryan plan is a start, but it isn’t perfect. I opposed the $500 billion dollar cut in Medicare when it was in the Obamacare bill, and unfortunately, it’s still in the Ryan plan, and I don’t like the idea of vouchers that don’t keep up with the skyrocketing costs of health insurance,” she said in the video.

Steelman said she gets many questions about whether she supports the Wisconsin Republican’s plan, but she doesn’t say in the video definitively whether she would have voted for it. “I deeply respect Paul Ryan’s courage — and it is a good start — but as a conservative and as an economist, I will support a budget plan that goes further and faster in cutting spending,” she said.

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