Posts Tagged ‘medicare’

Update on the Republican’s Budgetary Ideas

February 11, 2010

Previously, I said that Republican Paul Ryan had proposed a 75-year budget plan that would eliminate the federal deficits and debt over the time period.  I said that was great if that is all that you cared about.  I went on to explain that the only way he got there was by privatizing / eliminating much of the New Deal and Great Society.  But it is actually much worse than that.  When the CBO scored the plan and said it eliminated the deficits and debt, it was doing so using Ryan’s assumptions that his massive tax cuts would not decrease tax revenues (p. 4, other tax provisions)  There is no credible economist–Art Laffer is not a credible economist–who will tell you with a straight face that if you drastically cut income taxes there will be no effect on revenue.  Reagan’s tax cuts did not do it and neither did Bush’s tax cuts.  If there is a drastic reduction in tax revenue, his plan does not eliminate the deficits or the debt.  So not only does Ryan eliminate programs such as Medicare and Social Security, he does not even eliminate the debt after their elimination.

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I Won’t Say They Have No Ideas, But No Ideas that Anyone Wants

February 2, 2010

Today, while the President released his budget for FY’11, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan released his own budget and legislative proposals.  His goal is to eliminate all budget deficits for the next 75 years.  And if implemented, the CBO says his plan will actually run a surplus over the next 75 years.  That is the same time frame where we are currently projected to run massive deficits, mainly because of health care spending that will sky rocket as a result of baby-boomers becoming eligible for Medicare.  Well that is the good.

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Why Not Open Up Medicare to Everyone?

December 8, 2009

In the latest effort to get a “public option” in the health care reform bill, 10 senators are negotiating to open Medicare up to some people who are 55-64, but require them to “buy-in” to the system.  In this proposal, certain people from the ages of 55-64 would be able to purchase insurance through the Medicare system that currently insures our seniors.  (It is unclear if this program would be available to all people ages 55 to 64 or only those who cannot get insurance now).  This will give all of the benefits of Medicare to a larger pool of people without the government having to set-up a whole new “public” insurance program.  This will alleviate the federal government from having to set-up a new public insurance program because the infrastructure already exists.  And from all of the polling data, Medicare seems to be extremely popular with its beneficiaries.

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