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Senators Now On Record on House Republican Medicare Plan

On May 25, 2011, the Senate defeated the controversial House budget plan that includes Medicare changes that polls show many Americans oppose.

Democrats control the Senate, which means that Majority Leader Harry Reid (a Nevada Democrat) decides what legislation is brought to the floor. Reid and other Democrats vehemently oppose the House budget plan, which would, among other things, drastically change the Medicare program, which provides health insurance benefits to senior citizens. The federal government currently directly provides health insurance to seniors under Medicare. The Republican plan would transform the program by giving seniors vouchers to purchase health insurance on the private market.

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