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Umm, Representative Ryan's Plan Does Turn Medicare Into a Voucher Program

Thursday, 02 June 2011 05:16

The Washington Post reported that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan won applause from the Republican freshman caucus when he criticized President Obama for saying that Ryan's Medicare plan would turn the program into a voucher system. The Post should have reminded readers that Ryan Medicare plan does turn the program into a voucher system.

Ryan's plan gives beneficiaries a fixed amount on money that they can use to buy insurance in the private market. This is what most people would consider a voucher system. The Congressional Budget Office's projections indicate that it would raise the cost of buying Medicare equivalent policies by $34 trillion, approximately 5 times the size of the projected Social Security shortfall.

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written by joe, June 02, 2011 10:58
What is ironic is that the Republicans love the Ryan plan because it ends medicare but when anyone points out that it ends medicare, then they are 'demagoguing'
written by denim, June 02, 2011 12:09
According to the Clark Kent School of Journalism ethics, the newspaper is to stand up for the truth and justice. Unfortunately, few newspapers know of that school other than in the comics.
The Fourth Reich
written by american victim, June 02, 2011 2:11
...strikes again.

The lies are dominating the press more and more, is it all just distraction due to the horrors of the debt ceiling debate? Or is it still just to cover up the complete and total insolvency of the world's banking system and central banks (per Martin Wolf yesterday)?

Dean, you're gonna need a bigger blog!
written by S.D. Jeffries, June 02, 2011 5:38
So now Paul Ryan is relegated to lying to his party's freshman Representatives? No doubt so that they will go back to their districts and lie to their constituents. The big question is whether their constituents will swallow the lie.
Also rans ....
written by Estes Kefauver, June 03, 2011 6:49
Prediction: Obama will be known as the man who killed the GOP.

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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, his latest being The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Read more about Dean.