Mark Meadows Calls For Voucher MedicareBy
“I will never privatize any portion or all of Social Security and I do not believe in the voucher system for Medicare,” [Hayden Rogers] said.
Meadows said he supports the Ryan plan, which would mean vouchers for those younger than 55.
Why the fuss? Most everyone agrees that the voucher plan will cost seniors more. CBS:
Starting in 2023, the plan would give seniors vouchers to purchase either private insurance or traditional, government-run insurance on an exchange. (This means that no one over 55 would see any changes to Medicare they now receive or expect.) Private insurers would compete with the traditional Medicare program to offer the best plan possible for the level of “premium support” that a senior gets. Once a senior had a plan, he would have to pay out of pocket for any health care costs the voucher couldn’t cover.
Federal spending increases on Medicare would be capped at half a percentage point higher than the growth rate of the economy. Theoretically, that means that if health care costs rise faster than that, seniors would increasingly have to pay more out of pocket.
While conservatives think Ryan’s plan will lead to more efficiency, critics of the plan say that seniors will just have to pay more for the same health care.
Instead of spurring insurers to control their costs, Reinhardt said the Ryan plan would leave seniors out to drift. “You’re essentially shoving these guys out on a boat, saying, ‘We’ll give you a push, but if the waves are rough, you’re on your own,” he said. “It would really worry me if I were a middle-class American.”
Anyone know where other Congressonal candidates are on whether to shunt elderly people into a voucher system? How about our gubernatorial candidates?