THE CUTS to Medicare talked about in the ad above are not in disagreement. However, the Ryan plan would keep these same Medicare cuts. The devil is in how the cuts are utilized.
Obamacare reduces reimbursements to hospitals and private insurance, as well as Medicaid, all of which AARP signed on to when they came out to support the Affordability Care Act.
Paul Ryan’s notion for Medicare is to end it as an entitlement and replace it with a voucher type program that seniors could use to buy their own insurance. One issue I heard raised on PBS “News Hour” is that when Ryan’s proposed idea to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 takes effect, people between 65 and 67 would be left in no man’s land to buy insurance themselves.
I’m also wondering how the Medicare issue will end up playing in Florida, a battleground state Romney has to win because he’s got no path out west, since there’s likely no senior in that state who isn’t aware that they won’t be impacted by Ryan’s plan, because they’re over 55.
Seniors over 55 are some of the most informed voters, so nobody is going to fool them that their benefits are in jeopardy. How this plays for the next generation, especially blue collar and middle class workers living paycheck to paycheck, is another story.
Where’s that ad from Team Obama?
If we start talking about Medicaid, that’s where Ryan’s plan is catastrophic. Oh, sorry, I forgot, who cares about the poor?