Monday, April 18, 2011

Republican Representative Admits That Ryan Voucher Plan Ends Medicare

In dialogue with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) stated that the proposals of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) end Medicare by “transforming” it into a voucher plan. He follows House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in making that acknowledgment, despite the denials of House Speaker John Boehner:

WEINER: I’m going to say something now that is factually true and that Mr. Kingston cannot deny: Under Ryan’s plan, which apparently Mr. Kingston supports, we end Medicare as a guaranteed program for seniors. That’s the simple fact. If you don’t like it, Mr. Kingston, vote “no.”

KINGSTON: Anthony, you know that the Ryan plan transforms it to put market forces in there, and I know you don’t like the free market.

WEINER: What does ‘transform it’ mean?

KINGSTON: What it does is it takes it to a voucher so that seniors can get out, and by the way we’re talking about people under 55 years old, Medicare as we know it will not exist because it is a path to go broke…

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, by 2030 a voucher would cover only one-third of a private insurance policy equivalent to Medicare. No doubt there will be many seniors who will be deprived of medical care and less enthusiastic than Kingston about the Ryan plan.


Karu Me'Feyn said...

Weiner is a Democrat not a republican. Just wanted to correct your error.

Jeff Tone said...

Thank you, Karu. That is something I knew, of course, and I was surprised to see this error. I corrected it.