By Sam Baker - 05/19/11 09:15 PM EDT
"The Ryan plan dismantles everything," Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said. "I don't know what was in his head. I think it was just numbers."
Democrats didn't draw sharp distinctions between the effects of repealing healthcare reform and the effects of Ryan's proposal to overhaul Medicare, often referring to the overall impact of the "Ryan plan" or the "Ryan budget."
Immediate benefit cuts, namely to coverage for preventive services and the reopening of the "doughnut hole" in prescription drug coverage, would stem from the healthcare repeal.