The Ryan budget plan, Part II: Medicare

In his so-called “Path to Prosperity,” U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan pledges to “preserve America’s social contract with retired workers” by rescuing Medicare from collapse.

“Current retirees deserve the benefits around which they organized their lives,” the plan states. “Future generations deserve health and retirement security they can count on.”

Who's on Medicare? They are, and if you're lucky, you will be too someday. (AP photo)

Who's on Medicare? They are, and if you're lucky, you will be too someday. (AP photo)

There’s no question that Medicare is in real trouble. It is already placing enormous pressure on the federal budget, and once the Baby Boom generation begins to retire and claim their benefits, the stress will become untenable. Unfortunately, Ryan proposes to save Medicare by destroying it.

First, some basics. Under Ryan’s plan, Americans 55 and older will be guaranteed standard Medicare benefits. However, those who turn 65 after 2021 will be placed on an entirely different plan. They will in effect be given taxpayer-funded vouchers that they can use to purchase insurance from government-run exchanges, much like the much despised ObamaCare model.

However, those vouchers will not cover the entire cost of health insurance for those retirees. In fact, under the proposed formula, by 2021 those vouchers would probably cover roughly three-fourths of the cost of current Medicare coverage, and that percentage would decline in each succeeding year. Senior citizens would be forced to cover the difference out of their own pockets.

For some retirees, that would be manageable (the plan envisions unspecified higher subsidies for low-income retirees and those with more serious health problems.) But for others it would not, particularly as private and public pension plans falter and proposals are made to slash Social Security.

Ryan argues that the change from a government-managed plan to a voucher plan would actually drive down the cost of health insurance and make it more affordable for retirees. As the plan describes it, “50 million empowered seniors holding providers accountable in a true marketplace” will be more effective than the government in driving down health care and insurance costs.

“Putting patients in charge of how their health care dollars are spent will force providers to compete against each other on price and quality,” the plan argues. “That’s how markets work: The customer is the ultimate guarantor of value.”

There’s an idealism in that claim that is almost charming. The problem is, we have considerable data proving that such belief is nonsense. We know, for example, that since 1970, per capita costs for Medicare coverage have risen more slowly than per capita costs for private medical insurance. Ryan himself acknowledges that fact, complaining that Medicare pays hospitals and doctors less than private insurers while also claiming that “the open-ended, blank-check nature of the Medicare subsidy drives health-care inflation at an astonishing pace.”

When you make an apples-to-apples comparison in what are called common costs — defined as “benefits commonly covered by (both) Medicare and private health insurance” — the price-containment difference is even more stark. Since 1997, the per capita cost for such benefits provided by Medicare has risen at an average annual rate of 4.1 percent, compared to a rise of 6.6 percent among private insurers, a difference of more than 50 percent.

The truth is, individuals in the confusing, frightening and complicated health-care marketplace don’t have the information or analytical skills needed to drive a hard bargain with providers. That’s particularly true of an elderly demographic. If you doubt that, walk into a hospital and try to negotiate a better price for a knee replacement than Aetna or BlueCross has negotiated, using their experts and market power. You can’t do it.

These are not surprises. Nor are they design flaws. The Congressional Budget Office, in an analysis of the Medicare plan requested by Ryan, laid out its impacts in a letter last fall.

“Voucher recipients would probably have to purchase less extensive coverage or pay higher premiums than they would under current law, for two reasons. First, most of the savings for Medicare under the proposal stem from reducing the amounts that the federal government would pay for enrollees on a per capita basis, relative to the projections under current law. Second, future beneficiaries would probably face higher premiums in the private market for a package of benefits similar to that currently provided by Medicare.

For both Medicare and Medicaid, the budgetary effects would become larger over time because federal payments would tend to grow more slowly under the proposal than projected costs per enrollee under current law. Although the level of expected federal spending and the uncertainty surrounding that spending would decline, enrollees’ spending for health care and the uncertainty surrounding that spending would increase.”

Ryan bristles at the description of his approach as a voucher plan, preferring the term “premium support program,” but that’s what it is. But it’s a voucher plan. Through Medicare, this country has made a commitment to its senior citizens that they will not be denied needed medical care because they can’t afford it.

The Ryan approach to Medicare reform abandons that commitment. The best thing that can be said about it — and it’s a contribution not to be belittled — is that this proposal begins a much-needed conversation about how to tackle one of the most serious financial challenges facing us as a society.

That word, by the way, was not chosen lightly. How we treat our senior citizens is an issue for our society, not our government, to solve. It is a challenge to our values, our morals, our ethics and our humanity.

– Jay Bookman

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WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:18 am

“your president bush kept two wars off the books, obama put them on the books, now you want to tag him for it?’

So why are we still there, Mick? Why is GITMO still opened, Mick? Why did Obama extend the Bush tax cuts, Mick?

All these things you left wingers like to chide Bush over, Obama extended them.

Normal

April 6th, 2011
8:18 am

When one side is dedicated to making President Obama a one term President, nothing of substance will ever get done on the deficit or anything else. That is just one other thing the GOP will pay for after 2012…

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:19 am

“Look he made a funny!”

Look, Granny diverts attention!

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:19 am

“left wingers think that our forefathers came here only to kill Indians and enslave black people.”

is no lie too low for you?

Mick

April 6th, 2011
8:19 am

wow
**the forefathers never intended the federal government to take care of it’s people by giving away other peoples money.

They escaped Europe for a reason.**

Europe was not socialist at that time, mostly monarchs…

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:19 am

“is no lie too low for you?”

Hey look, Granny diverts AGAIN!!!!!!!!! LOL

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:20 am

“Europe was not socialist at that time, mostly monarchs…”

Never said they were, Mick. Your words, not mine.

Normal

April 6th, 2011
8:20 am

Mick,
Don’t confuse WOW…he sees Socialists behind every tree…

seabeau

April 6th, 2011
8:20 am

Like I’ve said before!! Stop ALL FOREIGN AID!,Cut 5% from each and every federal Dept./ program.for each of the next 5 years. Eliminate corperate welfare. Try THE FLAT TAX for 5 years! Do something!!!

Mick

April 6th, 2011
8:20 am

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:21 am

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:19 am
“is no lie too low for you?”

Hey look, Granny diverts AGAIN!!!!!!!!! LOL

apparently not

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:21 am

“Don’t confuse WOW…he sees Socialists behind every tree…”

No, because the socialists want to take that tree and give all the leaves away that said tree produced.

Mick

April 6th, 2011
8:22 am

wow

Then what were you implying? It’s OK to admit a mistake, no one here is perfect…

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:22 am

“apparently not”

This is what I love about Granny. She never answers simple questions, can’t make a coherent statement and then diverts attention away from the fact that she can’t answer simple questions.

Bless yer heart!

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:22 am

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:23 am

“Then what were you implying? ”

I was implying what, Mick?

“It’s OK to admit a mistake, no one here is perfect…’

Glad to see you’re admitting your mistake.

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:24 am

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:24 am

“13 ”

We’re well over 500 comments, Granny. I’m free to type.

Bless your heart!

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:24 am

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:24 am

“14″

Hey look, Granny can count!

Bless your heart!

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:25 am

“15′

16, 17, 18, 19, 20……………..

Hey, can you count to 100?

Mick

April 6th, 2011
8:25 am

wow

Pathetic response, you step in it, then disavow. Why should anyone take you seriously?

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:25 am

Sorry Mick, but with our President Bush’s two wars included in the debt, it was never over a trillion dollars a year, like it is under the Obozo regime every year.

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:25 am

Wow….ok….if those are the rules….

And yes, my heart has been mightily blessed thank you.

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:25 am

“Pathetic response, you step in it, then disavow. Why should anyone take you seriously?”

LOLOL!!!!!!! Poor mick, he actually thinks that I care about what he thinks of me.

Bless your heart!

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:26 am

“Wow….ok….if those are the rules….”

Ask Jay if you don’t believe me, Granny.

Big Red One

April 6th, 2011
8:27 am

Yes, Obama inherited a large deficit. How many people remember that the Dems had two years prior running the show in both chambers of Congress? Democrat liberals and the DNC main stream media won’t ever remind people of that fact. In just three years in office, Obama will be directly responsible for nearly $4.5 TRILLION dollars in deficit spending. No president in the history of the nation has come close to this level of economic malfeasance. Not Reagan, not HW Bush, not Shrub Bush. Those are the Cold Stone Creamery facts.

But what else is new in Democrat liberal land and the DNC media. These are the same people who won’t remind Americans that Democrats – in charge of both chambers of Congress all last year – failed to pass a budget for 2011. The Community Organizer was too busy playing golf and vacationing and hosting parties, so of course he didn’t say anything. Now of course, Republicans will be blamed if a budget doesn’t get passed – while trying to reel in out of control deficit spending.

See how that works? What was it Obama said? Oh yeah: you never get 100% of what you want. Yep you can say that again Barry. Especially now. So much for Republicans having to “ride in the back” these days while you Democrat liberals try and ram more legislation down America’s throats unwanted, huh? Oh, and defunding Obamacare is just a start.

That’s the change America voted for in the 2010 mid-terms.Like the RNC’s spoof video of Obama’s 2012 re-election announcement video on Youtube which currently has a 7:1 like vs. dislike ratio (and we all know who has given this video the thumbs down). Gottaluvit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIA5aszzA18&feature=player_embedded

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:28 am

Lil’ Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:25 am
Sorry Mick, but with our President Bush’s two wars included in the debt, it was never over a trillion dollars a year, like it is under the Obozo regime every year.

False

1.37 Trillion FY2009 that would be Mr. President Bush….

Mick

April 6th, 2011
8:28 am

Is it a coincidence that little barry morphs into wow, who then morphs into harry? All three stooges for the same cause…

TaxPayer

April 6th, 2011
8:29 am

So, how many jobs will Ryan’s proposed debt reduction of 0.1 trillion (14.0 trillion to 13.9 trillion) over ten years create. Will all of them be jobs operating the heavy machinery needed to throw that many poor and disabled and elderly under the GOP buses so the GOP can afford to give the wealthiest another tax cut without increasing the deficit much more. What a plan, Ryan. By the way, I don’t see a bunch of Republican presidential hopefuls jumping on that bandwagon. Could it have something to do with votes from those they plan to throw under the bus. Don’t worry. They’re with you. You got a mandate. Go for it.

getalife

April 6th, 2011
8:29 am

It is very obvious that wow and lil bar don’t have a job and very bitter about it.

They are screaming out for help so help if you can.

lil bar lost it last night .

josef nix

April 6th, 2011
8:30 am

I take it the Bruin is still hibernating…

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:30 am

Sorry, Granny, but Obozo presided over the 2009 budget year, and did nothing to rein in spending. Also recall who passed the 2009 budget–Democrat house, Democrat senate.

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:30 am

“1.37 Trillion FY2009 that would be Mr. President Bush….”

Obama outspent W, Granny. Can’t wait for your bold type response!

Mick

April 6th, 2011
8:31 am

josef

Why should jay intercede? It is what it is….

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:31 am

“It is very obvious that wow and lil bar don’t have a job’

I love it when left wingers write about other people not having a job because they type on a blog yet those same people……….type on a blog.

Gotta love hypocrisy.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:31 am

TaxPayer: So, how many jobs will Ryan’s proposed debt reduction of 0.1 trillion (14.0 trillion to 13.9 trillion) over ten years create.
——————

We have to pass the bill to find out how many jobs are in it. Hee hee.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:32 am

Jobs are for chumps who can’t live off their savings.

Buzz G

April 6th, 2011
8:32 am

Bookman is an economic illiterate. There is no way we can pay for Medicare as it exists today. It is unsustainable. He seems to know this and acknowledge it and then forgets it. Why I read his nonsense is beyond me. I guess I need to know what goofy liberals think (or feel).

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:32 am

GO BAMA!!!!! No, not that Bama.

Alabama lawmakers approve immigration crackdown

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/alabama-lawmakers-approve-immigration-crackdown-20110405-184724-782.html

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:33 am

Lil’ Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:30 am
Sorry, Granny, but Obozo presided over the 2009 budget year, and did nothing to rein in spending. Also recall who passed the 2009 budget–Democrat house, Democrat senate.

Presided over? Look you made another funny!

Your slip is showing…..

Dave R.

April 6th, 2011
8:33 am

:When one side is dedicated to making President Obama a one term President, nothing of substance will ever get done on the deficit or anything else. ”

Really, Normal? And just WHERE is Hope & Punt’s plan to reduce the deficit? Where is the Democrat alternative to Ryan’s plan?

Short answer: There isn’t one. Your party is the leader in demogogery and whining, and nothing else.

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:33 am

Lil’ Barry Bailout

I noticed you had the left wingers all pissed off last night!

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:34 am

“Presided over? Look you made another funny! ”

Look, Granny types another diversion! FUNNY!

TaxPayer

April 6th, 2011
8:34 am

We have to pass the bill to find out how many jobs are in it

Ryan’s maiden name must be Pelosi.

Get Real

April 6th, 2011
8:34 am

All the liberals are out again this morning Taxpayer, Normal, Stands for Decibels and of course Granny Goo Goo….more of the same liberal dribble

I am not going to blindly trust anyone or anything, other than my immediate family but Paul Ryan is a good guy and I believe has the best interest of the nation at heart. He will be completely open and transparent (what a concept) about his budget proposal and he has the guts to take on what everyone has avoided for over two decades.

Per my posting from late last night:
Well Jay, we are all still waiting on the democrats to grow some balls and take on entitlements but yet it hasn’t happened and it not going to happen because they are not anatomically correct, in other words “smooth as a Ken doll”
As predicted by Ryan, democrats and leftists such as yourself are going to attack his proposed reform, old people will be eating dog food, children will die…and on and on. That is why this problem has grown uncontrollably and unchecked for way too long.
If you oppose, then propose but we don’t hear “didily squat” from democrats and Obama’s budget for 2012 takes a complete pass on entitlement reform, what stellar leadership.
What makes the critique on Ryan’s budget even more ridiculous is a lot of Ryan’s budget proposals come right from the President’s own bipartisan debt commission….

md

April 6th, 2011
8:34 am

I see the folks are still arguing as to which spouse used the credit card more often………

Well folks…..the bill has arrived in the mail…….quit pointing fingers and pay the frigin bill.

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:35 am

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Cowardly, Stupid, and Tragically Wrong
The Obama administration’s appalling decision to give Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a military trial.

http://www.slate.com/id/2290359/

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:35 am

Yes, but my tweaking is a mere shadow of what you usually bring…”speed tweaking”

josef nix

April 6th, 2011
8:35 am

Mick

There’s a big difference, imho, between LBB and WOW…WOW is not souless…he may irritate a lot of folks, but he’s not just plain mean and hateful…

Jay

April 6th, 2011
8:36 am

So Wow, your purpose here is just to get people angry? You confirm the worst that your critics say about you.

Fresh sheets upstairs.

TaxPayer

April 6th, 2011
8:36 am

Lil’ Barry Bailout

I noticed you had the left wingers all pissed off last night!

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!

You could always try posting equivalent comments to those of Lil BB’s on your own here. WOW us, won’t you.

AmVet

April 6th, 2011
8:36 am

Good morning all.

Good call, seabeau, though I would triple that figure for the Pentagon to 15%, which would amount to yearly savings of $21,000,000,000. Do so by ending both BushCorp wars, bring the troops home from virtually all of the over 100 countries they are currently stationed in and quit playing at being Christian Crusaders around the globe.

Even the beginnings of some tiny amount of Republican reasonableness is being borne out in this area. Finally.

BHO was smart to get NATO fully involved in North Africa. And the best move is that we lost zero American lives.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 6th, 2011
8:36 am

G’Morning all…

Del, if you read this, I saw your post last night, and the latter part of that post that you were referring to was not directed at you. I should have done more to point that part to the person who’s quote I was addressing. RW hit it dead on the head.

poison pen

April 6th, 2011
8:36 am

That word, by the way, was not chosen lightly. How we treat our senior citizens is an issue for our society, not our government, to solve. It is a challenge to our values, our morals, our ethics and our humanity.

– Jay Bookman

Wow, now it’s up to society to solve, unless of course it’s done by Obama, then it’s the Governments job.

Jay, the main reason so many people were against Obamacare is because of the way in which it was done, ( behind closed doors and only Dems in the room ) also signed without reading it.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 6th, 2011
8:37 am

Yes wow be proud of a poster who personally attacks a poster who indicates her own personal serious health issue and is called a maggot by your little hero……you are a real “man” taking glee in that attack. I’d tell you shame but you have none.

josef nix

April 6th, 2011
8:38 am

Mick

Why? If there was ever a cause for him to interceded, it’s that mean and unwarrented attack on one of the most decent people here. But I was referring to him being in hibernation due to the same topic..I’m not a regular on day crew, so I’m not sure when he throws down breakfast!

Granny Godzilla

April 6th, 2011
8:39 am

Get Real

Granny GooGoo?

Really?

WillieRae

April 6th, 2011
8:39 am

Obama has failed in so many ways, but most importantly he failed to lead. On the matter of an unsustainable federal debt and deficit, he has failed utterly to act or lead. In the end there will be competing visions of America. One will be a higher tax bigger government vision and the other will be a smaller government, more opportunity vision. One of those visions is on the table. The keeper of the other vison is filling out his NCAA brackets and playing golf.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:40 am

The Democrat party couldn’t even pass a budget last year. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that they also have no plan for reforming Medicare.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:41 am

Republicans are getting Obozo’s hybrid out of the ditch.

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:41 am

“So Wow, your purpose here is just to get people angry? ”

Nope.

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:43 am

“Yes wow be proud of a poster who personally attacks a poster who indicates her own personal serious health issue and is called a maggot by your little hero”

One problem, Skittles. You left out the part where Midori called Barry and others every name in the book. You also left out AmVets nasty response.

Keep up the good lies!!!!!

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:43 am

Sorry, jonix, but Midori was the first to label someone here a “maggot”

Techfan

April 6th, 2011
8:45 am

Contributions to Ryan:
Top 5 Industries, 2009-2010, Campaign Cmte
Industry Total Indivs PACs
Retired $344,200 $344,200 $0
Securities & Investment $221,850 $147,550 $74,300
Insurance $215,352 $46,845 $168,507
Health Professionals $201,123 $67,556 $133,567
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $78,650 $4,650 $74,000

Common Sense

April 6th, 2011
8:45 am

You have two choices:

Cut the budget, reducing the tax burden being passed on to the future, allowing the country to return to a period of real growth, and then use those profits that YOU have earned to manage your expenses.

Or

Leave things as they are, bankrupt the nation, and have nothing left to provide those very services that you did not wan to pay for in the future, while the economic malaise continues to grip the nation.

WOW

April 6th, 2011
8:45 am

“And the best move is that we lost zero American lives.”

Yeah, but how many lives have been lost in Afghanistan since BO took over, Vet?

Vet? Where’d you go?

Get Real

April 6th, 2011
8:45 am

Really, yes…you are probably Pelosi as you make as much sense as she does. You are entitled to your opinion (which of course you do not need me to tell you that) but for the life of me I just cannot fathom the liberal mindset given where we are at the present time with $14 trillion in debt and liberals still support more deficit spending….it is absolutely incredible….we are headed towards a brick wall so let’s punch the accelerator….what kind of plan is that..

josef nix

April 6th, 2011
8:46 am

Li’l Barry

I wasn’t talking about midori…

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:47 am

Contributions to the Idiot Messiah:

1 Lawyers/Law Firms $43,154,642
2 Retired $42,892,978
3 Education $22,976,126
4 Misc Business $16,500,999
5 Securities & Investment $14,891,735
6 Health Professionals $11,746,631

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 6th, 2011
8:51 am

Oh hell, you must have got here late jonix!

physician

April 6th, 2011
8:56 am

Bookman, what’s your plan? You admit Medicare is bankrupting the country.

Logic 05

April 6th, 2011
8:57 am

So, Jay what is your plan?
What’s the Democratic plan?

That right … they don’t have one and neither do you…it just spend, spend, spend.

josef nix

April 6th, 2011
8:58 am

WOW

Yeah, but that attack on Hillbilly was, well, as Mick said, it was what it was…

L’il Barry
Like you, I was here all day and all night! :-)

Bill Orvis White

April 6th, 2011
9:06 am

Jay,

I heard FOX News Business anchor Stuart Varney praise the Ryan Plan on the Sean Hannity radio program. Stuart is one of the most trusted business journalists in the entire world. If he said the Ryan Plan gets us on a path to prosperity, then it is trust.

In my humble opinion, the Ryan Plan doesn’t go far enough. The rightful Republicans just want to keep the older folks in their column by not touching their programs. Sorry folks, yeah, you paid into these dumb government programs, but y’all would be better off in private accounts instead of the big bumbling government managing your retirements. It’s time to make the tough choices, folks. We need to privatize Social Insecurity, Mediraid and Mediscare while cutting all programs below it including the ridiculous Planned Parenthood, school lunches and the (f)Arts.

Amen,
Bill

Left wing management

April 6th, 2011
9:14 am

md: “No society will ever be “equitable” without ALL buying into the concept………..rich and poor alike. For every power mongering rich person there is a “self centered” individual on the other end making choices not in the best interest of the “whole”.”

I’ll drop this off on my way upstairs.

I obviously fundamentally disagree with you and am astounded at your naivete in thinking that the capacity of the selfish people among the have-nots to do damage is the same or offsets that of the “For every power mongering rich person”. That’s simply not the case. The person with power and wealth has a far greater ability to do systemic damage, or at least, that’s what we’re seeing in our present time.

Plus, to lead the discussion in a direction I’m quite sure you won’t want to go in, it’s the powerful who effectively have ‘direct’ power over the levers of society, own them directly, etc. and therefore it is they who effectively shut out the less fortunate (behind their gates, their privileged communities, their institutions and positions of privilege), creating for all intents and purposes a double society where one part effectively lives outside the society altogether (this is the case in many slums around the world, incl. in the US). Therefore – and I know this will really get you going – the privileged who benefit from this bifurcation do in a very real sense deserve whatever they get for that when the disenfranchised on the lower rungs come roaring back with a vengeance.

dbm

April 6th, 2011
3:53 pm

Jay, why are all of “us” responsible for health care for all older people? Why view health care for older people as a aingle, massive, collectivized “problem”?

Mighty Righty

April 6th, 2011
8:28 pm

It’s amazing how little most of the commenter’s know about how Medicare works now. Neither Dr. visits, hospital care nor prescription drugs are 100% covered. For Dr. and Hospital care my wife and I pay about 25%. For drugs we pay approximately 50%. Most doctors will, as soon as they determine you are on Medicare, schedule you to see their PA. Doctors simply can’t afford to see Medicare patients. Obamacare stole 400 billion dollars from Medicare to make Obamacare seem like it saves money. In additon, they then counted the 400 billion dollars again as actual savings thereby counting the non existent 400 billion twice. The Damncrats then knowingly lied about the total cost of Obamacare which gave their brain dead stooges a selling point. Currently, the Damncrat liars are running TV ads claiming Republicans are out to destroy Medicare when in fact they are the only ones who have done any harm to the program. The prescription drug program, byare the way is a George Bush program. Medicare is a beneficial program for us seniors but it is a long way from perfect. Obamacare will be worse, not better and there will have to be changes made or the Dimcrats will destroy our economy and there won’t be anything at all for future seniors.

[...] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Ryan Budget Plan, Part II: Medicare In his so-called “Path to Prosperity,” U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan pledges to “preserve America’s social contract with retired workers” by rescuing Medicare from collapse. … Unfortunately, Ryan proposes to save Medicare by destroying it. … Ryan argues that the change from a government-managed plan to a voucher plan would actually drive down the cost of health insurance and make it more affordable for retirees. … The problem is, we have considerable data proving that such belief is nonsense (Jay Bookman, 4/5). [...]

dbm

April 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

Sorry for the typo at 3:53. That should be “single”, not “aingle”.