Coburn/Lieberman Medicare Cuts Win Support From Activist Who Wants To 'Drown Government In The Bathtub'

June 30, 2011 10:30 am ET — Jamison Foser

Sen. Tom Coburn

The proposal by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to cut $600 billion from Medicare by raising premiums and increasing the retirement age has generally gone over like a lead balloon. But it has won praise from at least one leading conservative: Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist.

But Norquist's support will do little to reassure people who are concerned that the Coburn/Lieberman plan cuts too deep: Norquist said his "ideal" approach would resemble Rep. Paul Ryan's plan, which replaces the current Medicare system with vouchers. And he famously declared his desire to reduce government "to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."

If you're keeping score: The Coburn/Lieberman plan is opposed by the AARP and supported by a government-hating ideologue who wants to discard Medicare in favor of vouchers.