Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan have a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program—a move that would not only drive up health care costs for seniors but would end Medicare as we know it. In fact, Ryan even proposed a budget that would have eliminated traditional Medicare altogether, which Romney endorsed.
Here’s what the non-partisan AARP had to say about Ryan’s policy on Medicare:
Rather than recognizing that health care is an unavoidable necessity which must be made more affordable for all Americans, [Ryan’s] proposal simply shifts these high and growing costs onto Medicare beneficiaries, and it then shifts even higher costs of increased uninsured care onto everyone else ... By creating a “premium support” system for future Medicare beneficiaries, the proposal is likely to simply increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage—a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.”
And what about the Medicare reforms in Obamacare? Despite Romney’s completely unfounded claims, the AARP believed they were good for seniors. It said, “The legislative package cracks down on insurance company abuses and protects and strengthens guaranteed benefits in Medicare, the program millions of our members depend on and in which millions more will soon enroll.” And, as the organization noted, “The ACA … expands the number of people eligible for free preventive and wellness benefits, and cracks down on Medicare fraud, waste and abuse.”
Health organizations have also expressed serious concern over how Romney and Ryan would impact seniors. The American Hospital Association said Ryan’s Medicare policy “will severely impact access to care for our most vulnerable patients. While we recognize the serious fiscal challenges we face as a nation, this budget is not the right prescription for the health of America.” The Catholic Health Association said the policy “would damage the nation’s health care system by decimating Medicaid, Medicare and recent coverage gains made possible by the Affordable Care Act.”