Ryan’s Medicare Proposal

Where to begin?  There are so many transparent flaws the people of New York’s 27th district voted for a Democrat for the first time in over 100 years because they didn’t like the Republican’s support of Ryan’s plan.    Then there’s the new spin that this is not a “voucher” plan but a “premium support” plan.  Huh?  Same deal.  There’s also the spin that this would be similar to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, which is a lie because the FEHBP  increases are tied to the increasing costs of medical care.  Ryan’s plan is tied to the increase in the Consumer Price Index.  While the CPI has a medical care component, it’s much less that the increase in medical costs.

So while one can come up with a list of reasons the Ryan plan is flawed there are three simple reasons  why it’ll never fly:

1. Cost cutting: Private for-profit insurers are bound by fiducial duties to work for their share holders, meaning maximize profits.  Government supplied Medicare has no profit motive.  You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out which has the lowest cost/services to the customer.

2. Customer choice:  Ryan wants seniors to be able to pick from plans.  Anyone who’s had to shop for plans knows that insurers make these plans incomprehensible with no clear way to decide what would be best for the customer.  Putting this burden on seniors would guarantee that they’d get poorer health care coverage than with Medicare.

3. 55 and over stay with current plan:  If this is such a boffo plan to reduce costs and giving seniors better health care options, why wait to start it with those who are currently 54?  Senior voter turnout is huge, so one would assume if this was a great plan they’d want it for themselves.

Bottom line is this is either blind ideology or a sop to the insurance industry.  The bad news for Ryan is that voters aren’t buying it.

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  1. Ryan’s only proposal for Medicare is to kill it. We’ve been hearing this song since the days of FDR, it didn’t hold water then, it don’t hold water now.

  2. Well tonight is my last night at Mt. Sinai. Where does the time go!

  3. Dooty

    you are unemployed again?

  4. Sinai was a contract job through 5/28. I’ve accepted a 9 month contract at Rochester General Hospital. I start 6/5 and will be up there till April, 2012. It’s a very very good deal!

  5. What do you mean, he’s coming with me!

  6. Dooty

    congrats Brian

  7. TempeBev

    I disagree with the Ryan health plan for personal reasons. Hubby had cervical spine fusion on Wed – about 50 hours later, I had to call the paramedics, got treated in ER and then was admitted with pneumonia. Ryan doesn’t seem to understand how important Medicare is to those over 65. I’m so glad we have it and a secondary, but I’m sure with all the above, we’ll still pay a chunk.

    If we had a “voucher” to purchase health ins, I seriously doubt it would cover all of the above. Of course if we were in the wealthy population that they continually protect, then there wouldn’t be the worry because we would still have our tax breaks and could possibly pay for the health care that the voucher didn’t.

    The Ryan idea sucks.

  8. TempeBev

    thanks d – doing OK –

  9. Hey Bev,

    Glad your husband is doing better. The Ryan plan is not an attempt to reform Medicare it’s a plan to destroy it. Every time a repug attempts to get away with saying they want reform Medicare we need to stand and shout liar!

  10. Eric Cantor On ‘Face The Nation’: Disaster Relief For Joplin Tornado Victims Must Be Offset (VIDEO)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/30/eric-cantor-on-face-the-n_n_868700.html

    • dnd

      Cantor’s quote:
      “When a family is struck with tragedy — like the family of Joplin … let’s say if they had $10,000 set aside to do something else with, to buy a new car … and then they were struck with a sick member of the family or something, and needed to take that money to apply it to that, that’s what they would do, because families don’t have unlimited money. And, really, neither does the federal government.”

      There’s a difference between a family of say four people and a family of 300 million people. What Cantor is proposing is nothing less than extortion.

      p.s. How out of the real world is this guy? $10,000 to buy a new car? Reminds me of Bush 41 being amazed at seeing a supermarket scanner for the first time.

  11. TempeBev

    Got this from a friend – maybe you’ve already seen it.

    INTERESTING OBSERVATION
    1. The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.
    2 The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.
    3 The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.
    4 The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.
    5 The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS.
    And. . . .
    6 The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is GOLF.

    THE AMAZING CONCLUSION:
    The higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls become.
    There must be a ton of people in Washington playing marbles!

  12. Poll: GOP Medicare-Ending Budget Bigger Political Fail Than First Thought

    Not only does the poll show huge opposition to Ryan’s plan to replace Medicare with a voucher system, the poll shows Democrats winning the credibility war when it comes to Medicare and “protecting the middle class.” And — in a jolt of good news for the White House and Democrats — the numbers show that when voters are given Ryan budget messaging from opponents, support for the Democratic health care law actually goes up slightly in response.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/06/poll-gop-medicare-ending-budget-bigger-political-fail-than-first-thought.php?ref=fpa

  13. I suspect walking to the bathroom leaves him breathless!

  14. Great review! You actually overviewed some nice news in your post. I came across it by using Bing and I’ve got to admit that I already subscribed to the RSS, will be following you on my iphone 🙂

  15. Jon Stewart Blasts Trump In Apoplectic Rant About New York City Pizza (VIDEO)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/02/jon-stewart-blasts-trump-palin-pizza_n_870118.html

    Seriously funny!

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