Shady Posted August 20, 2012 Report Share Posted August 20, 2012 I thought this might be a good idea to post, since so many in this forum are pushing so much disinformation regarding Medicare reform. Now, in recent months, Wyden has joined with conservative Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) to come up with a Medicare reform proposal that reflects a similar mixture of liberal and conservative principles.It combines the "Medicare Guarantee" -- ensuring all seniors access to Medicare as we know it -- with providing seniors an option to purchase private Medicare policies that would compete for their business. In short: If you want to keep your Medicare, you do. If you want to shop and, with some federal subsidies, purchase private insurance, you can. ... Facts about Ryan/Wyden: 1. Unlike a voucher program that would give seniors a fixed amount of money to purchase health plans -- the original Ryan plan -- Ryan-Wyden would adjust premium support payments each year to reflect the actual cost of health insurance premiums and still give seniors the option of being on Medicare.2. All participating private plans will be required to offer benefits that are at least as comprehensive as traditional Medicare. Cherry-picking healthier seniors -- the key criticism by liberals of giving seniors a private alternative to Medicare -- will be made unprofitable by a robust risk-adjustment mechanism that would be policed by Medicare administrators. 3. Low-income seniors choosing private options will receive additional benefits to cover out-of-pocket costs -- ensuring that seniors will have the same choices regardless of income. 4. Seniors will have access to a catastrophic benefit that does not exist in traditional Medicare. 5. The Ryan-Wyden Medicare Exchange, where private insurance options will be listed and forced to compete in a transparent fashion, will operate under strict federal oversight to ensure a level playing field. Huffington Post As anyone can plainly see. It's hardly "doing away with Medicare." Now I'll post Barack Obama's Medicare reform... Oops, sorry guys, there is none. That's right. In 4 years since becoming President, Barack Obama hasn't offered a Medicare reform plan at all. Nothing. Zero. Nada. Even though, back in 2005, he was pretty annoyed with the past president for not offering any Medicare reform of his own, after asserting that Medicare was the real upcoming crisis. Watch and listen for yourselves. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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