Durbin floats trial balloon for privatizing Medicare
The Hill. Eight paragraphs into the story:
Durbin said he is personally open to further [huh?]privatization of Medicare as long a private insurers are forced to “play by the rules” that Medicare uses to lower costs, and that he realizes some of his liberal friends “are not happy” with his position.
If Obama backs cuts to entitlements, Durbin believes enough Democrats would support the president to get a bill through Congress.
“If a president comes up with a reasonable approach which ends up giving years of solvency to Medicare. ... I think that many Democrats will come around to that position,” he said. Obama’s imprint on the proposal would shield many members from grassroots anger, he said
It doesn't matter what Republicans do. It only matters what Obama supporters do.
So far, they've proven as amenable to throwing people under the bus as their Leader. So far!