The Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Medicare plan is bad news for everyone. We are facing the toughest economic times in the history of this country with 23 million Americans out of work, struggling to make ends meet. A plan that increases the rising cost of health care only perpetuates the problems that our country faces and further cripples America. The plan is to cut over $800 billion in Medicare but does not provide a solution as to what seniors are to do with the remaining gap in expenses. What Romney and Ryan propose to do is to replace the current medicare plan with a fixed voucher system. The voucher will decrease over time ultimately shifting the continued increase in rising health care costs to seniors.
If the Affordable Health Care Act is repealed, your average senior today can expect to experience medical costs to rise even more, on average, by $11,000 per eligible senior. And that is just the beginning.
The voucher that senior citizens would receive would decrease over time while health care costs would rise. The result? By 2023, future retirees could see an increase in medical expenses by almost $60,000.
It's not just Democrats that oppose the Romney/Ryan plan. According to a recent Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll, more than half of Republicans would prefer to keep Medicare running as it is than to adopt the Romney/Ryan plan. Non-partisan organizations also agree this plan is bad news. The Center for American Progress Action Fund states that any way you put it, medicare under the Romney plan will increase for both future and current seniors.
What really makes the Romney/Ryan plan bad for everyone is how it will affect our children. The plan will not only result in a negative impact to Medicare recipients, but will negatively affect Medicaid and 1/3 of American children that benefit from it. With over 30 million children on some form of Medicaid today, the plan delivers more bad news for yet another segment of America that will risk having their health-care expenses uncovered.
My final thoughts: The Romney/Ryan Medicare plan threatens to affect two fragile segments of our country, which makes it bad for our health.
This post is part of a weekly conversation with our Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other writers have to say, see Should Medicare Be Replaced by Subsidies?
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