• Kevin Boland
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  • 05/25/2011

Paul Ryan Contrasts GOP Plan to Save Medicare with Dem Proposal to Bankrupt It & Put Seniors Before Rationing Boards

Health Care

This morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and author of the GOP’s Path to Prosperity budget, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to defend the GOP’s jobs budget and explain the House Republicans plan to save and strengthen Medicare – in contrast to the Democrats’ who run Washington, who propose to let Medicare go bankrupt and place seniors at the mercy of ObamaCare rationing boards:


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Following is a quick run-down of the Democrats’ plan to bankrupt Medicare and put seniors’ medical decisions before a board of unelected bureaucrats: 

  • DEMOCRATS PLAN GUTS MEDICARE: “Seniors currently expect that their Medicare coverage will provide them with the same access and quality of health care it always has. That is just not true. The Democrats’ Medicare plan contains drastic cuts to doctor payments that will make it next to impossible for Medicare beneficiaries to actually obtain health care coverage. The only plan that saves ‘Medicare as we know it’ for today’s seniors is Ryan’s Path to Prosperity.” (Conn Carroll, "Democrats Medicare plan bankrupts 25% of all hospitals by 2030," Washington Examiner, 5/23/11)
  • REDUCES SENIORS’ ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE: “By 2019 the update reductions would result in negative total facility margins for about 15 percent of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies. This estimated percentage would continue to increase, reaching roughly 25 percent in 2030 and 40 percent by 2050…This gap could jeopardize Medicare beneficiaries‘ access to mainstream medical care.” (Conn Carroll, "Democrats Medicare plan bankrupts 25% of all hospitals by 2030," Washington Examiner, 5/23/11)
  • EMPOWERS BUREAUCRATS TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR SENIORS ON MEDICARE:All Medicare decisions will be turned over to and routed through an unelected commission created by ObamaCare—which will supposedly ferret out ‘unnecessary spending.’ Is that the same as ‘waste and abuse’? Fifteen members will serve on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, all appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. If per capita costs grow by more than GDP plus 0.5%, this board would get more power, including an automatic budget sequester to enforce its rulings.  So 15 sages sitting in a room with the power of the purse will evidently find ways to control Medicare spending that no one has ever thought of before and that supposedly won't harm seniors' care, even as the largest cohort of the baby boom generation retires and starts to collect benefits.” (Editorial Board, “The Presidential Divider,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/14/2011)

That’s a stark contrast to the House GOP’s Path to Prosperity, which protects and preserves Medicare for current and future retirees while spurring job growth, stopping Washington from spending money it doesn’t have, and paying down our debt over time.


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