Monday, August 13, 2012

The facts on Ryan's Medicare proposal

American Enterprise: "Three things every voter needs to know about Paul Ryan's Medicare reform plan"
1. No one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way.
2. Traditional Medicare fee-for-service would remain available for all. “Premium support”—that is, government funding of private insurance plans chosen by individuals—is an option for those who choose it. No senior would be forced out of the traditional Medicare program against his will.
3. Overall funding for Medicare under the Ryan-Wyden plan is scheduled to grow at the same rate as under President Obama’s proposals. Is this “gutting Medicare” and “ending Medicare as we know it”? In reality, it’s the market giving seniors cheaper, higher quality choices they can take if they wish, with the traditional program remaining an option.
The trustees of the Medicare program have said that the Trust Fund will be exhausted in 2024.  There was a time when a certain White House resident recognized this problem but now it's the silly season and it's all "Mediscare" all the time.

Extra - Hot Air: "Lifelike talking-points robot doesn't like being reminded that Ryan's Medicare plan won't affect seniors."  "Job one for Democrats: Lie your ass off in the interest of convincing seniors that Romney and Ryan are prepared to reduce Medicare benefits for everyone, regardless of age, instead of exempting people aged 55 and over as Ryan has promised."  On a side note: isn't Wasserman-Schultz a pistol?  She absolutely will not be pushed off her talking points.  Priorities USA?  I think they're John Birchers or something.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, and it's the bad kind of Mediscare, too. Not like the Mediscare from 2010. The 2010 vintage was fine, strong Mediscare that let freedom ring.

Making America Work Again said...

When his serious and visionary voucher plan passes, it will become the THIRD law that Paul Ryan has created in just 13 years as a Congressman!

The most recent piece of successful legislation was in 2008, when he changed the excise tax on the sale of arrows (the kind you shoot from bows).

The other one was just 12 years ago - the blink of an eye, really - when Ryan got to rename a post office.

Congratulations to this hard-working public servant. In fact, his impressive record of accomplishment may make him overqualified to be a Vice President.