So there you have it: every member of the Illinois Republican delegation to the House of Representatives is on board with turning Medicare into a voucher program by 2022, shifting more of the cost of the health care onto seniors. All of the Republican members of the House from Illinois approve of cutting the top federal income tax rate by another 10 percent. They're all ready for a vast restructuring of the Medicaid program, a move that will shift more responsibility for health care for the poor and disabled to the states, likely leading to further reductions in that program. Earlier today all members of the Illinois Republican delegation voted, in other words, for GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's 2012 budget resolution. The final tally in the House was 235-193. The budget plan will die in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
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