4 Medicare talking points R’s are not making but need to
1. Medicare as we know it will end if we do nothing. Right now I think the projection is that it will be bankrupt in about 8 years, and currently it’s borrowing 40-50% of every dollar that it spends. So Medicare as we know it will end. I just saw an NBC poll that had 55% saying it could be solvent in its present form or with minor changes. People do NOT understand how big of a fiscal hole it is in. So the question is, what will happen when it goes broke. We either have to have massive tax increases on EVERYONE, or we keep borrowing the money as long as possible until we have a debt crisis, or we let the government start rationing care, or we reform the system to bring down costs and make it more efficient.
2. The only person that has attempted to do anything to affect CURRENT seniors is Obama. This is critical. His $700 billion in cuts has and will affect current seniors (Medicare Advantage, etc.). Our plan wouldn’t touch them. And they will be affected even more when we run out of money in a few years.
3. Romney and Ryan are not proposing a voucher system. Anytime any reporter says that, someone should immediately as if they ever called Obamacare a voucher system. Obamacare and the Ryan plan are premium support systems where people only choose from pre-screened options that meet certain criteria and the money goes directly from the government to the insurance company. A voucher system would be better IMO, because you could just give money to people in some type of health savings account and let them spend it on whatever kind of health care made sense to them.
4. Premium-Support is the same type of system members of Congress already have. Do the democrats in congress not like their health plan?