Ryan’s Proposal Offers Future Medicare Recipients Same Plan as Federal Employees

It turns out that Irene from Southern California was right. A year ago, the New York Times compared Paul Ryan’s plan with what the federal government workers in Congress has. It was a story on April 18th, 2011. They note that Ryan has said the same thing. In an op-ed piece, the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Ryan wrote: “Starting in 2022, new Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in the same kind of health care program that members of Congress enjoy.” Now, the New York Times story, I just had a quick scan of it. They tried to nitpick what they say are differences. But it looks pretty much like Ryan’s plan is very close, if not identical, to what Congress has.

Here is what Ryan wrote. This is from his Wall Street Journal op-ed from last year. “Starting in 2022, new Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in the same kind of health care program that members of Congress enjoy. Future Medicare recipients will be able to choose from a list of guaranteed coverage options, and they will be given the ability to choose a plan that works best for them. This is not a voucher program, but rather a premium-support model. A Medicare premium-support payment would be paid, by Medicare, to the plan chosen by the beneficiary, subsidizing its cost.”

So here’s Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz out there calling it a voucher program, this and that. Nothing she said about it is accurate.

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