Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Turning Medicare Into Voucher Program

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 10:33 am

The American people love their Medicare and overwhelmingly oppose the idea of turning it into a voucher program or a premium support system. From the Kaiser Family Foundation poll: In Kaiser’s February tracking survey, 70 percent of Americans say “Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing seniors health insurance and making [...]

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’s Medicare Privatization Will Increase Overall Health Care Spending

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 1:01 pm

Paul Ryan’s Republican budget proposal “saves” the government money on Medicare by replacing it with a voucher to buy private insurance, but these vouchers will be too small to actually buy a similar level of coverage to what  Medicare traditionally provided. It shifts the burden of paying for the rise in health care costs for [...]