Democrats pounce on Bono Mack’s budget vote

Rep. Mary Bono Mack today supported a Republican budget plan that would restructure Medicare, cut federal spending and revise the individual and corporate tax codes.

The bill, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, passed out of the Republican-controlled House on a 228-191 vote. Only 10 GOP lawmakers opposed it.

Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican, didn’t immediately release any public statements on the vote.

But her Democratic challenger, Dr. Raul Ruiz, certainly did.

“The Congresswoman has the wrong priorities: forcing seniors to pay more for health care, while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and Big Oil companies that are making record profits,” Ruiz said in a news release to the media.

“As an emergency room physician, I’ve seen firsthand what happens when people are uninsured or can’t afford health coverage,” Ruiz’s statement said. “Everyone pays the price in the form of higher premiums, longer waits in ER’s and lost productivity. Attacking Medicare is bad for our seniors and bad for our economy, and will make our local healthcare crisis worse. That is unacceptable.”

Ruiz’s comments echo a statement by the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which immediately released an email to say Bono Mack ”votes for millionaires over Medicare.”

Here’s some of the report by USA Today:

The House GOP’s budget, which is non-binding and will not become law, would restructure Medicare for future beneficiaries to allow those 55 and younger to opt out of the system and purchase private insurance with a federal subsidy.

On other health care policies, the Ryan budget would fully repeal the president’s health care law and turn Medicaid into a block grant program with more state control of how the funds are spend.

There are no tax increases in the budget, which would permanently extend the Bush tax cuts and consolidate the six individual tax brackets to two — a 10 percent and a 25 percent bracket — and reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent.

It also calls for deeper cuts in federal spending programs affecting everything from farmers’ subsidies to college loans.

“It is so rare in American politics to arrive at a moment in which the debate revolves around the fundamental nature of American democracy and the social contract. But that is exactly where we are today,” said Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee.