Paul Ryan released another infographic video explaining his plan to save Medicare. He did a pretty good job of explaining how the current system is not sustainable, and how sticking our heads in the sand will be disastrous. A lot of people like trashing his plan, but right now he’s the only one who’s got a plan and he’s not giving up.
“This video lays out the clear choice our nation faces on Medicare: Will Medicare become a program in which a board of bureaucrats manages its bankruptcy by denying care to seniors? Or will leaders work together to save and strengthen Medicare by empowering seniors to choose health care plans that work best for them, with less support for the wealthy and more help for the poor and the sick? House Republicans have advanced solutions to save Medicare. Instead of working with us, the leaders of the Democratic Party have opted to play politics with the health security of America’s seniors.”
(Via Red State)
In related news, the Senate voted down Ryan’s budget with a 40-57 vote. Chuck Schumer didn’t vote, all other Democrats voted against it, along with Republicans Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Rand Paul and Lisa Murkowski. (Note, Paul voted against it because he doesn’t think it goes far enough in cutting the budget.) President Obama’s big bloated budget was unanimously defeated 0-97.
Much of the left’s criticism focuses on Ryan’s proposal to provide premium support to Medicare enrollees, assisting them to purchase a health care plan of their choice. As Heritage’s Robert Moffit and Kathryn Nix write, it’s modeled after the plan that federal workers and employees enjoy, and it would introduce intense competition in a consumer-driven market, which has historically slowed the growth of health care costs and increased patient satisfaction.
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