Until and unless voters change that tune, the GOP will persist in shifting costs to the Middle Class and poor. Evidence is Paul Ryan’s persistence in reintroducing failed ideas in the budget talks, ideas that led to President Obama’s reelection.
The solution to future needs for affordable health care may well lie in a public and private partnership. However, the starting position is for government to be responsive and responsible for the need to ensure affordable healthcare for all citizens for their entire lives.
Start with that as a given, and then explain how that will be accomplished. Then provide the cost and time metrics so that we can understand the net result.
It is alright to adjust the retirement age, and it is alright to introduce means testing. It would be great if we citizens could see the discrete benefits from doing that expressed in the form of improved actuaries.
Republicans are trying to change the rules and change the game without accounting for the fundamental necessity to ensure what people need and want at 100% certainty.
Paul Ryan is not qualified to produce that solution with an undergraduate degree in political science and economics and with little private sector experience. He is simply not the person to be on point in these discussions, not now and not ever.
“Ryan Plan Revives '12 Election Issues
BY DAMIAN PALETTA AND KRISTINA PETERSON
The next few weeks could determine whether the politics of the 2012 election will spill over into the budget talks of 2013.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) plans on Tuesday to introduce a proposal to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid that is almost identical to the Republican presidential platform in 2012.
He will propose letting seniors buy private insurance or remain in Medicare, with premiums subsidized by the federal government, and turning Medicaid into a block-grant program. The moves would save hundreds of billions of dollars over 10 years, while potentially raising costs for Medicare beneficiaries and sharply."