Bloomberg: Ryan Medicare Vouchers Save Little
In the background, political ads are heating up related to the debate over Medicare cost savings and plans to revamp the health insurance program for seniors.
Bloomberg: Ryan Plan To Cut Medicare Vouchers Saves Little
Giving wealthy seniors less for Medicare, a component of a budget plan by Representative Paul Ryan that made the Wisconsin Republican a polarizing figure in the U.S., would barely dent health spending, a Bloomberg Government study shows. The plan would replace the current Medicare system of guaranteed benefits with payments to make up for the cost of obtaining private health insurance. It offers less assistance to seniors with the highest incomes, a policy known as "means testing" that Ryan has said will reduce the budget deficit. Ryan would make the wealthiest 8 percent of 65-year-olds pay a larger share of their health-care bills in 2022, the first year the plan would take effect (Young, 6/29).
Los Angeles Times: Rove-Backed GOP Group Belittles Democratic Counterpunch
Hard-hitting and high-priced political ads are airing around the country this week, an early indication that the coming 2012 election campaign will set records for spending and broadcast acrimony. Majority PAC, a political advocacy organization formed by former Democratic Senate staffers, also launched a radio ad campaign in Missouri this week attacking Republicans for pushing a budget plan it says would "essentially end Medicare." The Medicare and health care debate has so far drawn the most attention in the public-relations wars. ... In coming days, a coalition of seniors organizations and health advocacy group will hold press events in eight states to advertise the free preventive-care benefits provided to seniors under the Affordable Care Act (Hamburger, 6/29).