Problems with the Ryan-Wyden Medicare Proposal

December 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

We issued a report today on the new proposal for Medicare premium support by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).  As our report explains, the proposal:

differs in key respects from how many media reports are describing it.  Despite claims to the contrary, it likely would shift substantial costs to beneficiaries rather than protect them from such cost increases, could lead to the demise of traditional Medicare over time rather than preserve it, and likely would produce few savings.

Click here for the full report.

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Paul N. Van de Water

Paul N. Van de Water is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he specializes in Medicare, Social Security, and health coverage issues.

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