Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Bipartisan Attempt to Shove Grandma Off the Cliff?

Who says bipartisanship is dead in Washington?

Here's what Paul Ryan said about the Medicare alternative proposal in an interview several days before being selected for the Vice Presidential spot on the Republican ticket.

Ryan touts Medicare alternative in interview says this:

"Republican vice presidential pick Paul Ryan calls for “premium support” as an alternative to the current Medicare system in an interview published Tuesday on the medical trade web site

In an exclusive interview conducted nine days before he was selected by Mitt Romney to be his running mate, the Wisconsin congressman says that premium support — which would give patients a set amount of money to shop for their own insurance — has received the backing from both sides of the aisle, and has its roots in a commission created by President Bill Clinton in 1999 to examine the future of Medicare.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” Ryan told ModernHealthcare. “And it’s a bipartisan idea.”

Ryan pointed out he worked with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden from Oregon on the prospect, and says it’s a better alternative than government-directed controls dictated by the Independent Payment Advisory Board. He adds: “Competition does work.”

Wyden, for that matter, says he did join forces with Ryan on a proposal that advocates premium support but is against Romney’s plans for his own health care system. Read more here.

“This will help everyone: Sick or healthy, wealthy and poor,” Ryan is quoted as saying. “We can put society’s assets where they need to go and emerge from that with a system that is in keeping with our goals of innovation, competition and quality improvement.”

Ryan says consumer-driven, market-based reforms that leave the government out of the equation would help bring down skyrocketing medical inflation."

Summing Up

It's beginning to look like even many prominent Democrats want to shove grandma off the cliff.

Or could it just possibly be that the Obama campaign is unfairly attacking Paul Ryan, no matter how bipartisan his ideas or proposals may be?

And maybe Romney didn't cause that lady's death from cancer either?

Nah --- our President of all the people Barack Obama wouldn't do anything like that.

Or would he?

We report; you decide.

Thanks. Bob.

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