The Madeleine Brand Show for August 16, 2012

Medicare debate heats up presidential race

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan Introduces His FY2013 Budget

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House Budget Chairman U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduces the House Budget Committee's FY2013 budget at a news conference at the Capitol on in Washington, D.C. The House Republican plan reduces personal income taxes to a 25 percent and a 10 percent rate, although it leaves income thresholds for the income brackets unclear, and would set a discretionary spending cap at $1.028 trillion.

Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center in the presidential race.

Ryan famously proposed turning Medicare into a voucher system in his 2011 budget plan.

Madeleine talks about the candidate's positions on the issue with Margot Sanger-Katz, the health care correspondent for the National Journal.


Margot Sanger-Katz, health care correspondent for the National Journal

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