Skip to comments.Medicare for a New Century-Paul Ryan's plan would modernize a program stuck in 1965
Posted on 08/14/2012 5:59:34 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
Mr. Ryan moderated his ambitions not merely because the fiscal crisis is so urgent, but because reforms of this order are so unusual. Seniors and other voters may be unnerved, especially when AARP and politicians beat the Mediscare drums. As they inspect the details, however, seniors may be surprised to learn that premium support is not an untested idea. It is even routine in parts of Medicare itself.
Traditional Medicare would look a lot like Medicare Advantage, which gives almost one of four seniors today private alternatives. Premium support forms the architecture of the Medicare drug benefit too, and as a result it has cost 30% less than almost anyone predicted.
The same concept governs the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, which insures everyone from postal workers to Members of Congress. The same is true for several large university systems and Calpers, the benefits program for public workers in California. None are known as incubators for the pitiless ideology that Democrats impute to Mr. Ryan.
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When it was time to “sign up” for SS, I had a good high deductable HSA I wanted to keep, but they said the law was no SS if I didn’t sign up for Medicare too.
Next I wanted to go with Advantage Plan, but nobama was trying to shut it down and all insurers were holding off on new policies, so I ended up with regular Medicare, extra cost Part B and my private Medigap coverage, all of which cost more than my preferred coverage previously.
Only a communist thief would have dreamed up such a system!
THIS needs to be screamed loudly by the Romney/Ryan team.
The Dems want to trash his plan because it puts the general populace under the same type of plan Congress has.