The Party of Ideas on the Ryan plan to fix Medicare:
Targets of this nonsense should be insulted. No argument, no facts, no acknowledgment of the central problem, that Medicare as we know it is literally unsustainable. But I guess this approach works just fine for a profoundly ignorant populace who's more interested in getting a few lame yuks from an old man making a fool of himself than in becoming informed about the nature of the problem and the plan to solve it.
The Ryan plan tries to fix Medicare by putting something better in its place; the Democrats deny that the problem exists. They can't both be right. So who's telling the truth? Instead of reflexively "liking" the DCCC's "save Medicare!" petition and moving on, liberals might try spending five minutes finding out what the Ryan plan is actually about:
The open-ended, blank-check nature of the Medicare subsidy threatens the solvency of this critical program and creates inexcusable levels of waste. This budget takes action where others have ducked. But because government should not force people to reorganize their lives, its reforms will not affect those in or near retirement in any way.But whatever you do, don't listen to the president. FactCheck.Org finds Obama's characterization of Ryan's plan to be just a bit off:
Starting in 2022, new Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in the same kind of health-care program that members of Congress enjoy. Future Medicare recipients will be able to choose a plan that works best for them from a list of guaranteed coverage options. This is not a voucher program but rather a premium-support model. A Medicare premium-support payment would be paid, by Medicare, to the plan chosen by the beneficiary, subsidizing its cost.
In addition, Medicare will provide increased assistance for lower-income beneficiaries and those with greater health risks. Reform that empowers individuals—with more help for the poor and the sick—will guarantee that Medicare can fulfill the promise of health security for America's seniors.
President Barack Obama misrepresented the House Republicans' budget plan at times and exaggerated its impact on U.S. residents during an April 13 speech on deficit reduction.Et cetera. Sigh.
- He said the GOP plan would replace Medicare with "a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry." That's an exaggeration. Nothing would change for those 55 and older. Those younger would get federal subsidies to buy private insurance from a Medicare exchange set up by the government.
H/t: Gateway Pundit
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