By Victor Morawski
Would the Ryan Plan’s Medicare reforms actually result in higher
out-of-pocket costs to seniors? This charge by its critics overlooks
one of its most important cost-controlling features.
While much of the criticism from the Left greeting the newly
announced Medicare reforms contained in The Path to Prosperity, the new
budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan and the GOP, have been mostly empty
rhetoric, recent charges by columnist Ezra Klein aimed at the cost
savings of the Ryan plan have contained more substance.
Comparing the Ryan plan to ObamaCare, The Affordable Care Act, Klein
portrays it as a plan whose “savings are largely an illusion” because
it has “just taken the government’s medical-costs problem and pushed it
onto families” who will ultimately be paying 70 percent instead of a
current 30 percent of their Medicare insurance costs out-of-pocket — the
real reason that the deficit goes down under the Ryan plan according
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