The Democrats’ approach thus far has been to deny the facts, demonize its opponents’ solutions, and essentially do nothing. The Republicans, on the other hand, are working to solve the problem before it becomes unsolvable.
The House-passed budget plan does not affect Medicare for anyone 55 years of age and older. When younger Americans become eligible, Medicare will provide a premium-support payment and a list of guaranteed coverage options, including a traditional fee-for-service option. Medicare will be determined by a competitive bidding process, helping drive down prices and improving the quality of care for our future seniors. All of this will allow recipients to choose a plan that best suits their needs.
The facts are that the House-passed budget championed by Congressman Paul Ryan actually increases spending on Medicare over the next 10 years.
Through all the mudslinging and the political platitudes about who really wants to protect and preserve Medicare, the question is very simple. Whom shall Americans trust in this critical debate?
Will Americans trust those who stated, “We must pass the bill in order to know what is in the bill?”
Will Americans trust those who said the healthcare bill will only cost the American taxpayers $940 billion only to find out it now costs closer to $1.7 trillion?
Or will Americans trust those who said the individual mandate was not a tax, only to find out in order for it to be declared constitutional, the mandate must in fact be a tax?
The facts are clear. Americans should trust Conservatives. We’ve put forward a plan that protects Medicare exactly as it is for today’s seniors and preserves Medicare for our future generations.