Highlights for CNN Politics article:
Has the Republican Medicare plan undermined the GOP's 2012 election hopes?
Republicans say no.
Under the plan, originally put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, Medicare would be overhauled starting in 2022. The government would no longer directly pay bills for senior citizens in the program. Instead, recipients would choose a plan from a list of private providers, which the federal government would subsidize.
Democrats have all but sworn to make the proposal, passed with near unanimous support by House Republicans, a focal point of their campaign efforts next year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, is forcing Senate Republicans to go on record by forcing a vote on the plan later this week.
Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced that the Republicans have been "served notice ... that we will fight them anywhere in America when it comes to defending and strengthening Medicare."
On Wednesday morning, Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released a statement arguing that the results "provide clear evidence that Senate Democrats will be able to play offense in Senate races across the country by remaining focused on the Republican effort to end Medicare."