?Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats want to put Senate Republicans on the record voting for ? or against ? the Ryan proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program for seniors. Already, a few moderate Republicans ? the latest being Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska ? have bailed on it or look ready to jump.?
Politico has a good description of the political pretzel Republicans have created for themselves by opposing efforts to reduce healthcare costs in the Affordable Care Act while at the same time supporting the destruction of Medicare as we know it as ?sensible?.
?Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he?ll vote for the Ryan budget, adding during an appearance on ?Fox News Sunday? that the Medicare voucher plan is a ?very sensible way to go to try to save Medicare.?
The Senate will vote on the Ryan/GOP Budget plan this week; however, it is clear GOP Senators are not enthused about this vote. No wonder. Americans understand that replacing a guaranteed health benefit in Medicare with the GOP/Ryan Couponcare plan is anything but ?sensible?. Turning Medicare over to private insurers who will charge more to cover less is not ?sensible?. And while putting private insurance companies in control of seniors? healthcare will certainly be good for business it?s terrifying for retirees whose costs will double. While all of this happens? the government actually pays more.The Center for Economic Policy Research reports:
?The Congressional Budget Office?s (CBO) projectionsimply that the Ryan plan would add more than $30 trillion to the cost of providing Medicare equivalent policies over the program?s 75-year planning period. This increase in costs ? from waste associated with using a less efficient health care delivery system ? has not received the attention that it deserves in the public debate The plan will lead to seven dollars of waste for every dollar saved by the government. While Ryan shifts $4.9 trillion in health care costs from the government to Medicare beneficiaries, this number is dwarfed by a $34 trillion increase in overall costs to beneficiaries that is projected based on the Congressional Budget Office?s analysis.?
Sound sensible to you?