Premium Support Deserves Demonization, Actually

By: Friday August 17, 2012 7:07 pm

The liberal Internet has decided to pile on this piece in The New Republic from William Galston of the Brookings Institute. Galston thinks that Democrats ought to lay off Paul Ryan, because demonizing his plans for Medicare might invalidate premium support as an option for keeping the program finances sustainable.

 

Ron Wyden’s Dilemma in Disavowing Ryan/Wyden

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 12:30 pm

Sen. Ron Wyden doesn’t appear on Sunday shows much and he comes from a Western state, so he’s typically an un-politician among the Beltway elite. But he drafted a white paper with Ryan about a potential premium support program for Medicare, and so he has been name-checked by the GOP Presidential ticket at every opportunity over the past week to explain the differences.

Thoughts on the Paul Ryan VP Selection

By: Saturday August 11, 2012 11:00 am

I suppose that the selection of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential nominee on the Republican ticket makes my job a lot easier. I’ve written plenty about Ryan and his signature proposal, a budget roadmap that would end Medicare as we know it, block grant Medicaid, add private accounts to Social Security, take a hatchet in particular to pretty much all social insurance programs for the poor (in fact, he has moderated the most unpopular parts of his proposal over the years, the Medicare and Social Security changes, and made up for it with ramping up the cuts to anti-poverty programs), cut taxes on the rich and raise them on the middle class, and basically radically transform the 21st-century model of government in principles that can be best described as close to Ayn Rand, Ryan’s intellectual hero.

The Supreme Court and the ACA: If Only We Had Realized How Crazy We’ve Become

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 11:50 am

Among the growing number of stories speculating on the potential outcomes of the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s mandates and coverage expansion, we’re also seeing articles like this — Supporters Slow to Grasp Health Law’s Legal Risks — by Peter Baker of the New York Times. Baker suggests that the ACA’s defenders, and particularly the Obama Administration’s lawyers, were too slow in realizing the legal risks facing the ACA. That may be true, but not for the reasons often suggested.

Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Turning Medicare Into Voucher Program

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 11:17 am

The American people love their Medicare and overwhelmingly oppose the idea of turning it into a voucher program or a premium support system.

Politifact Disgraces Themselves with “Lie of the Year” Award

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 10:15 am

Politifact just told a whopper. It declared as a “lie” the fact that Paul Ryan’s proposal to transform Medicare from a government guaranteed benefit program to a voucher for private insurance that doesn’t guarantee benefits would not end Medicare. Politifact should have given the “lie of the year” award to itself.

Romney’s Plan to Break Up Medicare

By: Monday November 7, 2011 2:10 pm

Mitt Romney’s Medicare “reform” proposal is a takeoff on Paul Ryan’s voucher flim flam, shifting costs to more seniors and raising average costs for everyone. He claims to provide more choice, but seniors can already choose between straight Medicare and private insurance Medicare Advantage.

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