Campaign 2010

Jan 30, 2012

Paul Ryan Says House Republicans Will Try To End Medicare Again

House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has made clear this year’s House Republican budget will be the same as last year’s – one that ends Medicare.

 

This weekend, Ryan said that House Republicans are “not backing off any of our ideas, any of our solutions” in their controversial budget and that this year’s budget will “absolutely” include the same plans. Last year, nearly every House Republican voted for the Republican budget that would end Medicare, almost doubling health care costs for seniors according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), while protecting tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil.

 

“Here they go again – House Republicans protecting the ultra wealthy at the expense of Medicare and higher health care costs for seniors,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan made crystal clear they won’t back away from this ideological crusade to dismantle Medicare that seniors have paid into for a lifetime and depended on for generations. House Republicans will once again show their true priority is the ultra wealthy and will leave seniors to wither on the vine.”

 

BACKGROUND

 

Paul Ryan is not Backing Down from His Plan to End Medicare. On January 29, 2012, House Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan appeared on Fox News Sunday. On the program, Ryan said that that he and his fellow House Republicans would not back away from a plan that the Wall Street Journal claimed would “essentially end Medicare.” Regarding the plan, Ryan said on Fox News Sunday: “We’re not backing off any of our ideas, any of our solutions.” [Fox News Sunday via YouTube, 1/29/12; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]

 

Paul Ryan Will “Absolutely” Include Medicare Ending Proposal in Budget. “House Republicans voted overwhelmingly last year for the ‘Ryan budget,’ which would give Medicare beneficiaries a fixed amount of money to buy coverage from competing private health plans. […] But in an interview, Mr. Ryan said that Republicans would try to push a similar budget plan through the House this spring. Asked if it would include similar changes in Medicare, Mr. Ryan said, ‘Yes, absolutely.’” [NY Times, 1/27/12]

 

Paul Ryan Will Again Push Effort to End Medicare. “House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says Republicans have no plans to shy away from controversial efforts to reform entitlements when the House GOP drafts its budget this year, including transforming Medicare into a premium-support system.” [ABC News, 1/20/12]

 

CBO: Elderly People Would Pay More for Health Care Under the Republican Plan. According to the CBO, “most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system.” [CBO, 4/5/11]

 

Republican Budget Would Almost Double Health Care Costs For Seniors. “The Republican congressman’s proposal to privatize Medicare would mean a dramatic hike in U.S. healthcare costs for the elderly, an independent analysis finds. Seniors would pay almost double — more than $12,510 a year.” [Los Angeles Times, 4/7/11]

 

AARP: Budget Undermines Vital Programs for Older Americans. “Among its provisions, the proposal would drive up costs for people in Medicare, take away needed coverage for long-term care from millions of older and disabled Americans and reduce critical help for seniors facing the threat of hunger.”  [AARP, 4/7/11]

 

Newt Gingrich: House Republicans’ Medicare Proposal is “Right-Wing Social Engineering.”  When asked House Republican budget that turns Medicare into a voucher system, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said: “I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left- wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.” [MSNBC, 5/15/11]

 

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