Democrats relish battle with GOP over Medicare

WASHINGTON — Within days of Donald Trump’s election, left-leaning donors were asking Erica Payne: What’s the plan for Granny?

You may remember Granny from a viral television ad in 2011, attacking Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan’s plan to partially privatize Medicare: a dark-suited man dumping an elderly woman, pink slippers and all, off the edge of a cliff, to the strains of “America the Beautiful.”

Payne’s group, the liberal Agenda Project, produced a sequel when former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney picked Ryan to be his presidential running mate in 2012. “Throwing Granny off the cliff” became part of the vocabulary of the Medicare reform fight.

– Boston Globe