This is a big week for Medicare and in politics. Yesterday, a special election in New York was big political news, as the Democrat won in a heavily Republican district–in an election that seemed to be a referendum on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget and its proposal to privatize Medicare, as Politico and other outlets reported.

As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said: “Kathy Hochul’s victory tonight is a tribute to Democrats’ commitment to preserve and strengthen Medicare, create jobs, and grow our economy, And it sends a clear message that will echo nationwide: Republicans will be held accountable for their vote to end Medicare.”

Here’s a sample ad from the Hochul campaign:

The Republican candidate had said she would have voted for the Paul Ryan budget. The implications in California are clear, where every single GOP House Republican actually did vote for the Ryan budget package, sending it to the Senate.

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted on the Paul Ryan budget, where it died on a 40-57 vote. All Democrats, including California’s Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, voted against the Ryan budget. The proposal, including those efforts to end Medicare and Medicaid as we know it, did get 40 votes, all from Republicans. Five Republicans defected: Senators Brown of Massachusetts, Snowe and Collins of Maine, Murkowski of Alaska and Paul of Kentucky.

So its clear that voters care about Medicare. And that this will be a key issue in both House and Senate seats in the next election, including in California.

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