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Details of Congressman Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan - A TOTAL JOKE

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

By;  James - 'Editor' Obama in the White House blog

To reiterate a little more on what House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan is trying to accomplish in his Medicare Plan, as a Republican you can rest assured one of his main goals is to reduce the size of Federal government spending. But the question is, how does he plan to do it without affecting the people who earned their right to collect Medicare? The simple answer is 'YOU DON'T'. There is absolutely no way to reduce spending by some $6 trillion over the next 10 years which is much harsher than President Obama's budget proposal. So now we get to hear all about his proposal, all the way up to the 2012 elections no doubt as this will tend to be a major topic of discussion during the upcoming Presidential Campaign. If you ask me, it looks as if the Republicans are making it allot easier for President Obama to get re-elected. But still, already, we know what the major adjenda will be in the upcoming elections in 2012 for the Republicans. But maybe they just don't get it. How long has it been since there has been a change to health insurance laws before President Obama had his plan passed last year known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ? Many people don't even live that long. Regardless, the following items is what Paul Ryan claims as his "Path to Prosperity".

SO what are the basics to his plan?

1) His proposal would turn the program from a guaranteed benefit into a system in which private insurers would cover elderly Americans, and by the way their premiums would be subsidized by the federal government.

2) $6 Trillion in spending cuts for the next 10 years and would mean spending about $400 million less on Medicare in the same timeframe.

3) $700 billion - $800 billion would be cut from Medicaid.

4) Manditory health program spending will be reduced from 14% of GDP which is the current trajectory to only 5% by 2050.

5) Medicare would be voluntary.

6) Seniors would shop in a highly regulated exchange or marketplace and select plans already vetted by the Federal Government.

7) Medicare beneficiaries would spend far more out of pocket under this system than the current one.

8) Under the proposal, most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system.

9) Health care liabilty would jump to 61% of his or her total health care costs in 2022.

10 Health care liability would jump from 61% to 68% in 2030.

11) Subsidies would be available to seniors, depending on income and health status. The poorer you are, the more subsidy you can receive.

12) It sort of repeals Obamacare as it would save $1.4 trillion by 2012. No verbage in the plan calls for a total repeal of Obamacare, but the real details of the plan is still not known.. How could seniors affort that..  The simple answer is 'they can't'. His answer is to cut anything provision that would not contribute to cuts in Medicare funding. This would effectively cut health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans..  Is this guy on dope or what?

13) The Medicare Retirement eligibility age would jumpt from 65 to 67 in 2033.

The above 13 items are the 'meat and potatoes' of his budget proposal, but there are still so many details absent from this plan. What he doesn't tell you is something you really need to be scared of, let alone by what you already know. . The only interest he has is to cut the federal deficit. It definitely doesn't seem that he has health concerns of the elderly in mind. So how old is this know-it-all Congressman? How about 41. He was born in 1970, the year that I graduated from high school, yet he believes he knows what is better for me.

What are the chances of such a plan passing through the present Congress that can't agree on much of anything?   Not a chance in hell.  Instead, he and his fellow co-horts in Congress have decided to spend your money now on ideas that will not ever work. Where is the bi-partisanship here?  The answer is, none at all.
But with these idiotic ideas he is helping one thing... President Obama achieving his 2nd term in office.


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