Paul Ryan’s Health Care Plan Would Privatize Medicare
Ryan, on the other hand, has Medicare in his sights.
“Because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke,” Ryan said in an interview on Fox News on Nov. 10. “So you have to deal with those issues if you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
In fact, the opposite appears to be true — Obamacare may actually have extended the life of Medicare. This year’s Medicare trustees report says the program would now be able to pay all its bills through 2028, a full 11 years longer than a 2009 forecast — an improvement Medicare’s trustees attribute, in part, to changes in Medicare called for in the Affordable Care Act and other economic factors.
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And the irony of the Ryan Medicare plan, say some health policy analysts, is that it would turn the government program into something that looks very much like the structure created for insurance plans sold under the ACA.