Choosing Our Health Care Future: Follow Peter Shumlin or Paul Ryan?

By: Friday May 27, 2011 2:15 pm

On the monumental issue of how to deal with rising health care costs, there are no two political leaders in America whose actions are more diametrically opposed than Democratic Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Ryan wants to privatize Medicare, destroying America’s extremely popular and effective single-payer system for [...]

Ideology-Obsessed GOP Knowingly Courted Political Disaster with Vote to Privatize Medicare

By: Monday May 23, 2011 1:21 pm

When basically the entire House Republican caucus voted for Paul Ryan’s budget, which includes a “plan” to destroy the very popular Medicare program and replace it with insufficient private vouchers, I couldn’t tell if they made such a terrible political move because they were so trapped in their own ideological bubble that they actually thought [...]

PolitiFact As We Know It: Medicare Means Whatever GOP Says It Means

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 1:53 pm

Apparently, if I blow up your Ferrari but I replace it with an old Honda Civic, I haven’t actually destroyed your car; at least according to the bizarre logic used by PolitiFact. PolitiFact is claiming that the DCCC lied when it stated that the Paul Ryan Budget recently passed by House Republicans would end Medicare. [...]

Ryan’s Medicare Privatization Would Hurt Current Retirees, Too

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 8:35 am

To make his Republican budget more politically palatable, Paul Ryan decided to go with an age-based “divide and conquer” strategy. He promised to keep Medicare intact for those currently on it and those above 55, and will only turn it into a privatized voucher program for those under 55. The Third Way, with whom I [...]

Ryan and Obama Plans Share Unworkable Gimmick for Capping Health Care Inflation

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Not only is Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan using basically the same general premium-supported exchange design that Obama’s health care revision does for the uninsured under 65, but both Ryan’s budget and “Obamacare” are nearly totally reliant on almost the same pathetic accounting trick of using poorly indexed caps on federal health care spending [...]

Similarities Between Ryan’s Medicare Plan and Affordable Care Act Make Dem Pushback Tricky

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 9:26 am

Rep. Paul Ryan has released his 2012 budget proposal (PDF), and in it, he has endorsed the truly terrible idea of eliminating Medicare and replacing it with a voucher to buy more costly private insurance on an exchange. Future Medicare recipients will be able to choose from a list of guaranteed coverage options, and they [...]