Paul Ryan says he wants to "save" Medicare and Medicaid.
But the House Budget Committee chairman can't even be bothered to sign on with his fellow Republicans to save Medicare and Medicaid for his home state of Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Health Care Association put together a bipartisan letter voicing concern to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about a proposal that would cut reimbursement to skilled nursing facilities immediately by 12.8 percent for Fiscal Year 2012. Tom Moore, WHCA's executive director, says the proposal could devastate "Wisconsin's nursing facilities, the quality of care they provide, and the number of jobs they contribute could make the difference in finding a more measured approach to their Medicare payment system."
And Wisconsin's congressional representatives, from both parties, have stepped up to challenge the proposal.
Signing the letter were Democratic House members Tammy Baldwin, Gwen Moore and Ron Kind and Republicans Sean Duffy, Tom Petri and Reid Ribble.
Not signing were Republican Reps. James Sensenbrenner -- and Paul Ryan.Read the editorial.