It's official. The Republican Party's members of the House have a death wish. How else can one explain their vote (235 to 193, all Democrats and only four Republicans in the No column) to destroy Medicare and Medicaid as part of the Ryan 2012 budget plan?
Recent national polls show Americans really don't like the prospect of Medicare cuts, by majorities of 54% to 76%. Yet the Republican House majority just leapt into the unknown by voting to change the way that program is run. Most objective observers say that Ryan's voucher plan for Medicare would mean seniors would end up paying a lot more for Medicare than they currently do:
by 2030, under the plan, typical 65 year olds would be required to pay 68 percent of the total cost of their coverage, which includes premiums, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs, according to CBO. That compares with the 25 percent they would pay under current law, CBO said.And Republicans think people will buy this?
They're completely nuts.Posted by Linkmeister at April 16, 2011 12:01 AM | TrackBack