Thursday, August 16, 2012

Romney Ryan: Goodby Medicare!!!

* There you go, folks!  Mitt Romney has admitted that his plan and Paul Ryan's are very similar.


...."Actually, Paul Ryan and my plan for Medicare, I think, is the same, if not identical -- it's probably close to identical," he told Green Bay station WBAY. Ryan, as a House member, in 2011 proposed shifting Medicare entirely to a voucher-like system, then tweaked the proposal in 2012 to offer traditional Medicare alongside private plans.

"Our plan is, for people 55 years of age and older, there's no change. The only change I'd mention for 55 or older is we'd restore the $817 billion President Obama took out of the Medicare trust fund," said Romney. 

Romney initially misstated the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of the cost increase -- $716 billion -- that a repeal of the Obama health care law would entail for Medicare over 10 years. That reduction doesn't come from patient care, but changes in hospital payments and Medicare Advantage payments to private insurers.....

That is amazing. Romney has flip flopped again because originally he said they were different.  Imagine you are 50 years old, and you've paid into Medicare all your working life.  Romney and Ryan want to take it away and give you, and veterans voucher, or coupons.  The problem is that the value of the voucher will remain the same, but medical costs will continue to go up.  You, the retiree, will need to make up the difference out of your own pocket.  (This is the reward that Romney and Ryan are giving their friends in the insurance industry.)

••••••  Republican members of the House of Representatives are getting nervous.  Retired people and those in their 40's and 50's are starting to ask serious questions about what happens if Romney and Ryan are elected and people lose their Medicare.  Even Republicans think that this destruction of Medicare is radical.

>>>> Republican Josh Mandel, Ohio's absent Treasurer, has gotten noticed, and it is not for something good. See HuffPost.

** Mitt Romney won't release his tax records but he did say this, according to the Washington Post:

“I did go back and look at my taxes, and over the last 10 years, I’ve never paid less than 13 percent,” Romney said today.

To which the obvious answer is: Well, then, why won’t you prove it?...

Is that in income tax?  Romney never uses the words "income tax" when he talks about the taxes he paid.