Should Medicare Be Replaced By Subsidies?

Romney and Ryan

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are causing a stir across the nation with their ideas on Medicare.

Paul Ryan would like to replace Medicare with subsidies that seniors could use to buy private health insurance. In a television interview this past week, Mitt Romney said, "Paul Ryan and my plan for Medicare, I think, is the same, if not identical — it's probably close to identical."

It's a bold move and it could backfire if the Medicare proposal ends up causing Romney to lose the senior-heavy swing state of Florida. 

This week, we're asking our political bloggers what they think of the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan.

In the meantime, we'd like to know what you think of Paul Ryan's ideas on Medicare. Let us know in the comments.

Democrats have seized on the opportunity to attack the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan in Florida, launching a tour of the state with Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and bolstering it with a TV ad, phone banks, web videos and other media events. Since 18-percent of Florida's residents are on Medicare, it's safe to say it's a hot button issue in the state, and if Romney loses Florida, it will be very difficult for him to win the election.

Some analysts say that turning the nation's attention to Medicare is good for President Obama, since it takes attention away from the economy, which is not Obama's strong suit among voters.

In general, Florida seniors seem likely to side with Mitt Romney. All polls show him leading among seniors there. While the Medicare plan promoted by Ryan may be unpopular among some, he has softened his idea since becoming Romney's running mate. Now, he says, he'd like to give beneficiaries a choice of either staying on Medicare or using subsidies to buy private health insurance.

Seniors we talked to in Florida during our Moms Matter Road Trip were fairly satisfied with Medicare. Their main concern was that it would still be around for their children and grandchildren when they reach the age of retirement.

It will be interesting to see how the Ryan/Romney Medicare plan impacts the Florida vote.

Here's what our political bloggers have to say on the matter:

Paul Ryan Doesn't Want to Kill Medicare, Just Rough It Up a Bit

Ryan's Medicare Proposal Is Another Scam to Swindle the Elderly

Obama's Scary Medicare Plan Explained in Plain, Straight-Shooting English

Let's Give Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan a Chance

The Ryan/Romney Plan Is Bad for Seniors & Children

 

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