Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Paul Ryan’s next move is an attempt to privatize Medicare


Giddy from his recent health care win, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he looks forward to tackling an overhaul of Medicare, which would leave many seniors without coverage or with higher premiums. On Friday, Speaker Ryan told the conservative radio host, Vicki McKenna, that he would like to see a plan for overhauling Medicare this year. He said the plan is part of an “ongoing conversation” with the Trump administration. Last month, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney commented on a possible Medicare overhaul by saying the administration could “talk about it,” and that absolute resistance to the idea was “not a really conducive way to sort of maintain a relationship between the executive and the administrative branch.” Speaker Ryan has been interested in making dramatic changes to Medicare for years. His 2015 budget plan, much like his previous budget plans, creates a voucher system for people to buy private insurance or traditional fee-for-service Medicare.

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