Liberal group hits Ryan voucher plan in GOP districts

A progressive group launched a new billboard campaign in the districts of three GOP lawmakers urging them to oppose House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan to replace Medicare with a voucher system.

Americans United for Change put up billboards in the districts of Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) that all offer the same message: “Don’t privatize my Medicare.”

House Republicans said they will pitch a major Medicare reform in their 2012 budget when it comes out this spring, but Democrats have been trying to link the GOP to Ryan’s controversial plan.

House GOP leadership has been mum about what its Medicaid reform package will look like, while some House Republicans have tried to distance themselves from the Ryan plan in the face of Democrats' eagerness to exploit it.

"The roadmap is one person's idea," said Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) during a Ways and Means Committee hearing two weeks ago. "It's not representative of the party."

A new poll released Thursday morning showed that 28 percent strongly oppose the Ryan plan, while 12 percent embraced it.