Dem senator: It's time for entitlement reform

Bennet, along with the entire Senate Democratic Caucus, voted against House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) fiscal 2012 budget blueprint that calls for major Medicare reforms.

Bennet told the Herald he believes the popular entitlement program must not be privatized while delivering "higher quality at a lower cost.” 

Democrats have not yet offered legislation that would rein in Medicare costs, instead focusing their attention on lambasting the Ryan plan.

Bennet, who survived both a contested primary and general-election challenge last year, was commemorating Memorial Day in Durango while touring Western Colorado.