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Obama's Unbelievable Medicare Hypocrisy

Cooperwise Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 5:13 AM
(1) "nothing would apply to those 55 or over" How is this relevant? (2)" the plan would be optional even after that" Healthier > 65's may be able to get insurance for a flat $$ amount. Not to mention the average cost of those who remain in traditional Medicare would increase. Sick elders, or those with pre-existing conditions will never get insurance with a fixed sum voucher Thus healthier elder leave the new "Medicare" leaving only the expensive patients....zippo, presto Medicare quickly folds. Great idea!

President Obama has sought to frighten seniors by summoning the bogeyman of evil Republicans trying to "voucherize" Medicare,with blithe disregard of the facts that (1) nothing would apply to those 55 or over; and (2) the plan would be optional even after that.

How remarkable, then, to read a piece in Forbes by Avik Roy, reporting that Obama's own advisors actually proposed a voucher plan in 2010 that was far more stringent than the plan offered by Romney/Ryan.  Shockingly -- but not surprisingly -- they also sought to establish the changes without input from Congress (or any involvement in the democratic...