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If you have a serious illness these days, $8,000 dollars gets you in the door of a good horpital, but doesn’t cover much else. But this is what GOP House Budget Czar Rep. Paul Ryan is proposing — that seniors over 65 get a ‘coupon’ worth $8K total instead of Medicare and give themselves over to the untender mercies of the ravenous health care insurers. Gee, what a bleeding-heart compassionate conservative this goofball ‘Profile in Courage’ is. It’s a GOP horror movie, “Die, Grandma, Die!” Former Rep. Alan Grayson had it right: “If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly.” Ryan was correct about one thing: his ‘Help the Wealthy’ scam is definitely not a budget.

Rep. Ryan’s Free-Market ‘Death Panels’

By Robert Parry
In These Times
April 12, 2011

The consequences of three decades of anti-government Reaganism and free-market extremism are now coming clearly into view, a cruel and brutish America split sharply between a few lucky haves and many desperate have-nots.

As Rep. Paul Ryan proudly declared in unveiling the Republican budget plan for fiscal 2012, “This is not a budget; this is a cause.”

It is the “cause” advanced in the modern era by President Ronald Reagan and economist Milton Friedman. It calls for further slashing the tax rate for the richest Americans by another ten percentage points, from 35 percent to 25 percent, while enacting a wide range of domestic spending cuts, including phasing out the Medicare health program for the elderly as it has existed since the 1960s.

Under Ryan’s plan, senior citizens in the future would have to select a private health insurance policy with the government paying “premium support” worth about $8,000 to the company, thus shifting a heavier, even crushing, financial burden onto the elderly.

And, since Ryan’s plan also would repeal President Barack Obama’s health reform, which prohibits insurance companies from excluding coverage of “preexisting conditions,” senior citizens suffering from chronic illnesses might find themselves unable to get coverage of those ailments and likely consigned to a premature death.

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Ana Grarian
12 years ago

Does Ryan’s plan contain any provision that at least those now on Medicare will have to be accepted by insurance companies even if they have pre-existing conditions?
My husband and many of my friends had insurance from work, which dumped them as soon as they turned 65. Will they have to accept them back?

RS Janes
12 years ago

Not that I’ve read, Ana. Part of Ryan’s plan is repealing ‘Obamacare,’ so insurance corporations would be back in the business of denying claims for ‘pre-existing conditions.’ That means I doubt that your husband would be accepted back. Ebenezer Scrooge couldn’t have come up with a better plan to grab gov’t. money for the health insurers while leaving sick people flat. “Here’s your $8,000 coupon, go buy yourself some comprehensive health insurance.” If you were being treated for cancer, for example, that $8K would be gone in the blink of an eye. But Ryan’s plan will never pass the Senate, so it’s a moot point; it was just a clumsy public feint to try and get Obama to move farther to the right and chisel away at Social Security and Medicare. Let’s hope it doesn’t work.

Ana Grarian
12 years ago

They kept calling Ryan “brave” for putting out this plan and now my suspicions as to why have been affirmed. With the Republicans facing anger from their own base at town meetings, they will be able to throw this plan out and Ryan under the bus when it turns out to be too hot to handle.

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