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Bipartisan Medicare Reform Plan Unveiled

A Democrat from the Pacific Northwest joined forces with a Midwest Republican on a Medicare overhaul plan combining a private insurance option with subsidized premiums — a scheme that critics say is more red than blue-blooded.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) released their plan — they have not yet introduced formal legislation — with the explanation that it would promote competition, always a popular notion with the GOP, yet retain Medicare as an option for seniors, something Democrats have pledged to do.

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  • JOHN HORN

    MY OVERRIDING BELIEF IS, ANYTIME THE “FREE MARKET” IS INTRODUCED INTO AN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY , NOTHING BUT IMPROVEMENT IN PRODUCT ,SERVICE, AND PRICE WILL RESULT

    • toosmarttovoteGOP

      Except when it doesn’t, which is far too often.

      • The Atheist Libertarian

        Wrong. It always results in improvement when the government is prevented from manipulating the market, choosing winers and losers, and taking their pound of flesh.

      • freeme2742

        AYFKM, it sounds like you are advocating the OUT OF CONTROL Big Government which cannot even balance a budget, overregulates everything, and puts idiots in charge to make damn well sure that it wont succeed, and then blame the other side. Join the informed.

    • Mayflower Decendent

      True, take Ma Bell as an example. The government got out of the telephone business and companies sprang up all over the place which created millions of jobs and super technology. Now their plan is take back the telephone/internet system and reduce our ability to communicate. It was one of the first things Hitler did! Keep the people ignorant and they will believe any propaganda

      • wally stewart

        PROOF OF THAT IS IN WASHINGTON.PLUS THE FRAUD N CHIEF

      • The Atheist Libertarian

        Hitler was a Leftist. a National Socialist by his own description of himself. He promised universal healthcare, loved the unions (Mein Kamph Volume 2 chapter 12. all the proof anyone needs). etc. he was the First Democrat.

        • freeme2742

          His brother is Obaba.

    • Windrinker

      Not in any government run programs!

  • J.M.R.

    if the d.c. crooks are in it we get screwed

    • shannon853

      100% correct. if something can be screwed up, congress can do it! post office, amtrack, and the list goes on off the paper! the only thing congress do right is fatten their pockets while screwing americans!

    • Windrinker

      That is a big 10-4!

  • Gary Gahan

    Give us back the Medicare Advantaged plans that were introduced some years back that were working very well and as usual congress broke what was not broken. The way the plans worked was the private insurance companies could introduce insurance plans that had to provide equal or better overall benefits that Medicare offered in exchange for the insurance company “owning” the particular Medicare beneficiary for the period of time that the beneficiary chose to remain with the provider and assuming all risks for a set total monthly premium payment to the provider. For example often in NH the premium paid to the provider from Medicare may have been $1000 per month and the Medicare beneficiary paid the provider a token premium of $50-$100. Often these plans included health club membership, dental coverage for preventative dental, vision care, etc. which were not included as a part of traditional Medicare.

    • Barbara

      I have the advantage plan now. …………don’t know about NH….I am in Texas.

  • jim 28th reg.

    I’ll have to see it to believe it will be for our benefit and if it’s left to health ins. co.s you can bet they’ll put their heads together and screw to public just like our wonderful Banksters. Who do you think set it up so there’s very little in state compitition?

  • Gramma

    Aetna Medicare Advantage has proven beneficial, and there is no extra premium, as of now.
    Seems that those companies that did not get on the medicare advantage program have now done so, but they charge an extra premium.

  • T-Texas

    Another reason we don’t need a full time congress to dream up laws and regulations that they can later fix because it is broken.

    • shannon853

      is it time to abolish congress and let the states run themselves?

      • Windrinker

        Shannon you are so correct!

  • Dingbat36

    Senator Wyden is Just “posturing” for the unwashed masses of Democrats who live here in Oregon (with Republican me) who hate Obamacare too, they finally woke up and smelled all the taxes contained within.

    He has been proposing “across the aisle” legislation since he nearly got beaten in his Senatorial re-election bid in 2010. None of the proposals ever go anywhere and I’m sure all the Dems in the Senate know exactly what he’s doing and are laughing up their sleeves!! Democrats are really snakes……………..nasty poisonous Cobras!!

    • http://ABCNEWS Leonard

      NANCY PELOSI IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THAT.

  • Johnny

    Reforming Medicare by moving to private insurance will not lower costs to recipients. Lower premiums with better coverages? Sorry it does not work that way; never has and never will. Lower premiums might be offered but they are always coupled with less coverage. Private insurance offering coverages equal to Medicare will charge outrageous premiums – if offered at all which is unlikely unless coverages are mandated by law, and the GOP will of course oppose such mandates. The only way to reduce cost to government AND recipients is to create competition among medical providers, not insurers.

  • ruth

    If anyone of them could weed out ALL the waste and fraud committed by doctors and hospitals the system would work for everyone when they needed it – there is so much fraud and waste by hospitals and doctors – read your bills when you get them – hospitals charge $100. for a tylenol!

    • http://ABCNEWS Leonard

      THAT’S WHEN THE PATIENT NEEDS TO PROTEST THE COST AND TELL HIS SENATOR THEY SUSPECT FRAUD. DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS KNOW HOW TO MILK THE COW. WELL THE COW IS RUNNING DRY.

    • David in MA

      FRAUD?
      I had a 90 year old aunt in a nursing home and a doctor
      submitted a bill for…….ya ready for this?………………..
      an abortion!
      The bill was paid but I blew the whistle on the doctor
      who had payments held back until the statement became corrected…..
      NOW, that’s fraud! in my book.

  • Karl McGaugh

    The National Health Care Plan is defended by the logic that private insurance companies are already paying for the indigent care by raising the price we pay for private insurance. And since these are private insurance companies that have an 8% profit margin we could let the government do the job and save the 8%. Now the fallacy of this logic is that the government will require more money to do the same job so the 8% will seem like a bargain compared to how much it will cost when the government takes charge. The government never does it cheaper or better than private enterprise. It’s not that they cant it’s that they never do. We lack the tough leaders in government to hold spending down by trimming waste and fraud. Joe Public needs to wake up to the reality that government workers are not interested in reducing their wages. You will get some whistle blowers that deserve a medal but they are very rare.

  • AliveStillKickin

    FROM THE ARTICLE: “……— a scheme that critics say is more red than blue-blooded.”

    Ironic that Progressives would label anything a “scheme” when their whole philosophy is based on a “World Government” scheme.
    BTW……The analogy of “blue-blooded” by Progressives is lost when one considers their “red” agenda.

  • Chuch

    Why doesn’t the gov’t just get out of the health business and let the insurance companies and the doctors and hospitals figure it out as to what is needed. If the public can obtain insurance anywhere it will all even out as usually that is what happens in a free market environment. The gov’t does not know what is best for us.

  • Moose

    It won’t get anywhere because the control freak Congressional leaders won’t let it.

  • Larry

    There is one thing they can do to help Medicare and it will save billions of dollars and that is to go after the criminals for the fraud where they have said in the past they take into account the fraud in the past they have planned on that by doing nothing and letting the criminals take from Medicare jest because they know where that 10% goes and in some cases the people we have sent to Washington DC to do the peoples business are among those criminals.

    • Windrinker

      Medicare needs to have a fixed reimbursement for each hospital item, based on the surrounding economy…like they do for doctors and other care-givers. (BTW the government sends out letters to patients offering them money to report their doctors if they think he is over-charging. They do not offer incentives to patients to report hospitals for over-charging.)

      Example….the hospital charges $400 for a CBC. (Medicare pays the hospital 100% of their charges, no matter what amount they bill.)
      The doctor’s office charges $40 for a CBC and Medicare reimburses $5-8, for the same test. It actually costs the doctor more to do the test, since he does so few….

      That is the way things are run when the government gets involved. They punish the care-givers, the people that actual have the medical knowledge. But, they reward the people that own the buildings and know nothing about medical care. I say, let the hospital administrators start giving the care and the doctors go on vacation…for about two years. We will see who misses who the most!

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  • Sue

    Medicare is rife with fraud. Estimates put it around 20% which is 100’s of billions going to shysters. You’d better believe that private health care companies keep close track of where their money is going. We KNOW the gov’t absolutely does not. Why should they? It’s not THEIR money, it’s our money. This would certainly cut the over all cost of Medicare simply by having controls the government is too stupid to do anything about.

  • Jane Doe

    These bloody politician’s hands need to stay out of the Medicare the people themselves pay for. They are so greedy they want any and every dime in their pocket that belongs to the American people that now they are pushing cuts on Medicare once again when now our elderly on it are paying 4 times the deductibles they did before the Obumination came in to office and cut their food programs, their health care so he could take all those trillions of dollars and put it in his Swiss bank account (or wherever he is stashing our funds). He isn’t giving Americans aid, he said he sent over 10 BILLION dollars to victims of the last big earthquake, I think he sent it to himself. We have earthquakes in America and NOTHING is given to THEM to help them! WHO is our real enemy here? Our so called ‘leaders in office’ are not our representatives, they are out to slit our throats. They won’t even send back the 20 of millions of illegals in our country that are taking it over. We are being severely invaded and are at war but the leaders ignore the illegals gathering the ammo and arms to kill us with it. Everyone else is too, says nothing and lets them keep on coming. REMEMBER THE ALAMO.

  • S Rubicon

    Ryan is no dummy. I have yet to read the plan. I suspect it has some merit. Anytime we can limit government intervention, the public wins. While we may need regualtions, we surely do not need the many thousands of pages of regulations we get on any issue. For six pages of the new health care act, Selibus came up with over 4,000 pages of regulations. If that bill is really 2,200 pages, that means Health & Human Services could come up with well over one million four hundred sixty six thousand (1,466,000) pages of related regulations. Ya think any Doctor or even Hospital is going to be able to deal with this & keep costs down?? I doubt it!

  • http://www.wakeupamerica.com/constitutionalbelievers Constitutional Believer

    Hello Family, Friends, Patriots & Acquaintance’s.
    Now Is the Time for All Good Men and Women to come to the aid of Our Country!
    If Not Now, When?
    All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing!
    If Not You, Who?
    Make the Difference and Take a Stand with other Good Men and Women, Join Us Here!
    http://www.wakeupamerica.com/constitutionalbelievers
    Take Care and GOD BLESS The Whole World!
    Sincerely
    Mr. Harris
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